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How 5 Top Hospitals Are Observing Nurses Week

Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media, May 6, 2014

See how Cleveland Clinic, Johns Hopkins Hospital and other top hospitals are recognizing nurses this week.

National Nurses Week (May 6-12) is upon us, and hospitals across the country are taking a few days to recognize their biggest—and arguably most important—team of caregivers. I reached out to some of the country's top academic and community hospitals to find out how they were celebrating and recognizing their nurses this week. Here's a look:

Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
Cleveland Clinic's Executive Chief Nursing Officer K. Kelly Hancock, MSN, RN, NE-BC, says via email, "We are proud to honor our 12,000 Cleveland Clinic nurses for making a difference in our patients' lives and helping us deliver on our mission of patients first."

Among the Cleveland Clinic's scheduled events:

  • Town Halls held throughout the enterprise by all CNOs, including Hancock at the main campus
  • Discounted tickets to the May 6 Cleveland Indians vs. Minnesota Twins game, with a Cleveland Clinic RN throwing out the first pitch
  • Awards ceremonies, including the announcement of the 2014 Nursing Excellence Award Winners
  • Blessing of the Hands throughout Cleveland Clinic hospitals
  • Appreciation breakfasts, luncheons, dinners, and desserts delivered to units on all shifts
  • $5 gift cards from Panera Bread to all Cleveland Clinic nurses
  • External and internal text-to-win campaigns. Participants can text "Nursesrock" to 28748 for a chance to win an iPad mini and automatically be opted in to receive regular text updates from Cleveland Clinic Nursing.
  • Reflexology, aromatherapy, and reiki sessions
  • A media campaign using digital billboards, advertorials, and radio commercials to thank nurses
  • An opportunity to thank nurses through a personalized e-card via the Cleveland Clinic Nursing Institute website.
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