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Thursday, 14 May 2015

Thank You Nurses for #EveryStep May 11 - 17 National Nursing Week!

Kawartha Lakes Mums - Thanking Nurses for Being With Us Every Step! 

May 11-17 is National Nursing Week, alongside International Nurses Day and Florence Nightingale’s birthday, May 12. Over the past two years our family ha had the support of a wide variety of nurses in various contexts. To imagine trying to navigate towards health without nurses is practically impossible, yet in many countries people are not blessed to have the excellent care our nurses provide.
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This year’s Canadian Nurses Association theme, Nurses: With you every step of the way, emphasizes how important nurses are in our lives — at every age, in all health situations, for all Canadians. This post has some nursing freebies and ideas for ways you can say thank you to nurses in your life.
How will you be saying thank you to nurses this week?

How Can We Thank Nurses on National Nursing Week?

Nurses work long 12-hour shifts at Ross Memorial Hospital to ensure the best possible seamless patient care.
image Nurse - Superhero red and blue with clipboard and stethoscope
Nurse - Superhero
Nurses travel miles through snow and sleet to homes along Kawartha Lakes backroads to homes to ensure patients can get essential services. 
Nurses see things that would give Stephen King nightmares. 
Nurses walk miles each day heading calls for help from every corner. 
Nurses see problems in systems, and advocate on patients' behalf for better healthcare solutions. 
After a very long day, nurses then go home to care for their own families.

How can we thank these nursing superheroes? National Nursing Week - Gift Ideas

Nursing Freebies 

We created a free printable coloured nursing week card that you might like to download as a pdf. The nursing week card features a superhero in red and blue with a large red shield, and cape and an N in blue on the shield. The figure holds a clipboard and stethoscope in its right hand.
Inside the card reads:
Thank you for caring 
#everystep of the way
 in so many Super Ways! 
Happy National Nurses Week!

What about a gift to go with the card? Since Nurses work long hours perhaps some home made goodies might make a welcome treat.
Vixen Made blog has some great nursing party ideas that could be adapted for individual goodie bags like these thermometers made from pretzels, candy coating and decorated with an icing pen.
Pop them in a reusable insulated water tumbler like this Nursing is a Work of Heart insulated tumbler from Dollar Dayz
Nursing is a work of heart - Dollar Days

Do you crochet?
Check out this FREE Easy Nurse Amigurumi Crochet Pattern
image crochet nurse
Free Nurse Crochet Pattern

Do you do papercraft? Free Nursing Week Paperdoll!

The quilling patch has a fun free nurse paper doll template that you might like to use to make a 3-D Thank you card for your favourite nurse.
Free Nurse or surgeon PAper doll template - The quilling patch

Nurse Gift Ideas

Zazzle has a tonne of fun gift ideas for Nursing Week - many which you may personalise.
Which of these do you like best?

About National Nursing Week 2015

With more than 408,000 regulated nurses in Canada, the largest of any health provider group, nurses are the backbone of our health system. This week, we recognize the profession for their dedication and commitment to making Canada a healthier nation.
Send your thanks to the nurses in your life by using the hashtag #everystep on Twitter.
Or visit cna-aiic.ca to learn more about the many ways nurses are with Canadians every step of the way.

What do you love best about nurses?
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