In these trying times, our essential workers are on the front lines of COVID-19. It’s important to show support and be thankful to those who are putting themselves in harm’s way to protect our wellbeing. Luckily, May 6th is National Nurses Day. While nurses are important every day, now more than ever, they deserve all of our support and gratitude. How can you show your appreciation on National Nurses Day? We’ve compiled some tips for you to give thanks to the people working hard to keep us safe.
Cater Food from a Local Restaurant
You’ve likely seen people on the news delivering pizzas, subs, and other meals to nurses in hospitals. This kind act can go a long way and truly brighten their day, while also providing them with a tasty meal. However, before doing so, be sure to coordinate with a unit manager, because some hospitals may not allow outside food to enter. Be sure to check in with your local hospital, but a great way to show support is by providing a delicious meal.
Put a Sign in their Yard
Around many neighborhoods, people have been placing signs of support in the yards of nurses. If you know a nurse, craft a sign with a positive message, commending him or her for their hard work. This not only shows that you are supporting them but will allow the surrounding community to recognize their hard work as well. If the nurse lives at Center Pointe, you can place the sign outside their apartment door for them to find when returning home after a long shift.
Share a Post on Social Media
Although it’s a small gesture, sharing your support on social media is another great way to recognize nurses. If you have a nurse friend or family member, share a picture, if they would like you to, on your social media thanking them for their work. Seeing the support and knowing that you take the time to appreciate them could lift their spirits in the midst of this difficult time.
Assist with Childcare
Some nurses may be quarantined away from their families, and others may have to work difficult shifts. If you are in a position to help in any way with childcare to a nurse you know, it would likely benefit them. If you are both comfortable with this, you could offer to watch their children. Even if it’s simply dropping off groceries that they may need but don’t have time to grab, it will take a bit of stress off of their plate.
As most of us know, many hospitals are low on supplies such as masks and gloves. If you have any extra, call your local hospital to discuss a donation if they will allow it. If you have some extra time on your hands, you could even make masks to donate to hospitals in your area if they are running low. On the other hand, you could make masks for the local community, and give the proceeds to a GoFundMe like Meals for Nurses.
Last but not least, a phrase we have been hearing a lot of recently, it is important to stay home. One of the easiest, most obvious ways to help nurses is to just stay home! The hospitals are overwhelmed with people, making the jobs of healthcare workers incredibly stressful and equally risky. By staying home, you can flatten the curve and protect yourselves as well as immunocompromised people. While it is getting difficult to refrain from seeing our friends and families, it is important for everyone to think about nurses, doctors, healthcare workers, and of course, immunocompromised people at this time.
The bottom line is, while some of our worries may be stocking up on snacks and toilet paper, there are doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers putting themselves at risk for the sake of society. One of the simplest ways to show support is to just say thank you, and of course, stay home. We are in this together, so let’s come together on National Nurses Day and show our support.
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