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May 6th is here, and in 2020 now more than ever retailers are showering nurses with discounts, free gifts, and other goodies. Keep reading for all the Nurses Week discounts and promotions we’ve discovered.
Take note, you may need to show your badge or enter your ID number to take advantage of some of these benefits.
The food delivery company is offering exclusive discounts to healthcare and frontline workers with ID verification.
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
Every Monday, Krispy Kreme is giving away free glazed doughnuts to healthcare workers. To claim, just go to a Krispy Kreme drive-thru, give the cashier your order and show them your employer badge. Limit up to five dozen per healthcare worker. Promotion ends May 12th.
Starbucks is offering a free tall brewed coffee (hot or iced) to first responders and healthcare workers all across the country until May 31st.
Sweetgreen, a fresh salad and bowl restaurant chain, is setting up free outposts at hospitals in their operational areas: CA, IL, MA, NY, MD, PA, VA, TX, and DC.
Tropical Smoothie Cafe
Healthcare workers and first responders can contact their local Tropical Smoothie location to have free smoothies delivered to your team.
Caffeine and energy bar company VERB is offering free bars to healthcare workers. Just text (415) 915-8372 to receive.
& Pizza is delivering free pizzas to anyone working in a hospital. Text #HERO to 200-03 with a picture of your ID for contactless delivery.
A free MiniBon Roll, BonBites, or a Cinnabon Classic is available during Nurses Week 2020. The promotion lasts from May 6th to 12th for nurses with a valid healthcare ID.
Heroes Collection cookie packages offered by Mrs. Field cookies are marked down 25% with the promo code “THANKS” to honor our nurses for Nurses Week 2020.
If you place an order of $20 or more, you can use the code “5off20” to get $5 off. Valid through May 17.
Sheetz is offering a free coffee to healthcare workers through June 1st.
Get 10% off your meal by showing a valid healthcare ID.
Take 15% off a Yoga Gift Set from Cheryl’s with the code “TAKE15” through December 31st, 2020.
Healthy Skin Solutions (HSN)
Nurses and teachers on their first purchase receive $10 off $20 on HSN.
Year-round deal, Sleep Number offers special deals and promotions, including 25% off on select mattresses, to nurses with valid ID.
Ginger is a behavioral health coaching app that is providing healthcare workers with free on-demand service. Download the app and email firstname.lastname@example.org to get started.
Balance, a personalized meditation app is offering free subscriptions for the next year to all users to help cope during this unsettling period.
CBD-wellness company Beam is offering discounts to all healthcare workers. Email email@example.com for a one-time 50% off discount on all beam products.
Headspace, a mindfulness and meditation app, is offering a free subscription to Headspace Plus to all healthcare workers in the U.S. through 2020. Click the link below to redeem.
Talkspace is offering 1,000 free months of therapy for impacted healthcare workers. To access, download the app and register/provide your NPI. Learn more.
Get 30% off sitewide with code “BETTEREVERYDAY” and 40% for medical professionals, teachers, and students (click “Learn More” at the top of the homepage).
All Seasons Uniforms
All Seasons is offering 20% off scrubs and lab coats with promo code “NURSE20”; the deal will run for the duration of Nurses Week 2020.
Starting 5/3, ModCloth is launching a #ModClothHeroes discount that will give healthcare workers and teachers 30% off of their products.
20% of select items during Nurses Week 2020! Discount codes not required; check the link for details.
Uniform Advantage offers 30% off select scrubs, 50% off select prints, and free expedited shipping for orders over $125. Offers are available until the end of Nurses Week, May 12th.
For essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, Skechers is offering 30% off certain products until May 31st.
Medical professionals and military members receive 40% sitewide on Adidas.com.
Footwear company Aerosoles is donating pairs of sneakers to healthcare workers. Email them here to request a pair: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Crocs shoes is giving away a limited number of Crocs to healthcare workers each day. Go here to submit for a free pair.
Moscot is offering a free pair of eyeglasses to healthcare workers on the frontlines of COVID-19. To order your free pair, you just need to fill out this form on their website.
At any Westgate location you can get 10% off using code “NURSE10” at checkout. Valid ID is required at check-in. This promotion is year-round.
Sanitized vacation homes are available from Better Vacations in Indianapolis and Las Vegas for nurses and hospital workers fighting COVID-19. Available with valid ID. Check-in must be before May 15th.
For all healthcare personnel BP is offering 50 cents off per gallon of gas at all Amoco and BP locations.
Delta has announced that they are providing free flights to Georgia, Louisiana and Michigan for medical professionals flying to areas with a surge in coronavirus cases, and they may expand into other states in the future.
Hilton and American Express have partnered to offer free rooms across the US to healthcare workers. Through the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, members can access these rooms here. Reservations can be made in up to 7-day increments until May 31st.
Mint House is offering 50% off extended stay accommodations in March to support those who need a place to work or stay.
The Deal: If you’re ready for a vacation at any time, Disney has nurses covered at the Swan and Dolphin resorts. To get the discount, you have to call 800-227-1500 and mention the code DREAMS. Just be sure to tell them you’re a nurse at the time of your booking (note: currently closed due to COVID-19).
American Nurses Association (ANA)
The Deal: American Nurses Association is hosting a webinar called “Nurses4Us: Elevating the Profession.” It because on May 4, 2020 and will run at various times.
Continuing Education Classes for Nurses
Prospective nurses can enjoy free online courses provided by the Nurse Journal. These courses are an exceptional opportunity to learn about becoming a nurse, and serve as a recruiting tool for institutions. Courses are available year-round.
NetCE offers credits from online courses in the state of Georgia for continuing your education. Courses are available for free that offer credits
Eko is offering $20 off their EKO Core Digital Stethoscope using the code “NERDYNURSE” in honor of Nurses Week.
NurseDeal Nurse Mystery Box
NurseDeals.com is holding a raffle of 20 of their Nurse Mystery Boxes. Valued at $149, the box can include highly valued nursing gear for 20 lucky winners.
During Nurses Week, Relias Academy is offering a 25% discount to nurses on their All Success Subscription. Use code “NURSEWEEK25” to apply discount.
For Nurses Week 2020, Amazon has a vast selection of free and discounted nursing books on Kindle.
While school is out, Audible has curated a selection of audiobooks for kids of all ages free of charge.
Until May 31st, Lovesac is offering 40% off to essential workers during these trying times for their ‘Sac’ and ‘Sactional’ products.
If you like doing physical activities during your downtime, Atlanta Rocks offers 10% off for nurses with a valid identification all year round (note: currently closed due to COVID-19).
When National Nurses Week 2020 is over, many of these deals will still be in play. And after all, it is The Year of the Nurse. So let’s continue to share appreciation for our nurses, midwives, and other nursing support staff every day!
Dr. Bonnie Clipper, DNP, MA, MBA, RN, CENP, FACHE
We had a clinician burnout issue before COVID-19 hit us. The National Academy of Medicine issued its seminal report, Taking Action Against Clinician Burnout: A Systems Approach to Professional Well-Being in October 2019. The report outlined many of the contributors to burnout including inadequate resources, documentation burden, inefficient systems and processes, and workloads, to name a few.
As we watched the pandemic unfold in front of our eyes on television and in social media, the sheer size and speed shocked all of us. And as if in slow motion, the pandemic, in its fierce intensity, shifted from hospital surges to taking its emotional toll on clinicians. Our clinicians are amazing, and they are people. They are mothers and fathers, spouses and partners, brothers, and sisters. People… are impacted by events of this scope and scale.
The toll on the health and well-being of our clinicians will take many forms: depression, anxiety, broken relationships, addiction, PTSD, and even suicide. As the Scientific American article Psychological Trauma is the Next Crisis for Coronavirus Health Workers explained, this wave is coming fast and hard. We have seen the moving images of physicians, nurses, and healthcare workers from all over the country, as being present, engaged and working, despite their own fears for their safety and well-being. Yet, they show up and care for those who are sick, they have truly risen to the occasion. They are selfless and for that, we need to address their well-being and the emotional toll that this pandemic is taking, and will continue to take for years to come.
In an effort to help with the wave of mental health concerns, the National Academy of Medicine has recently published “Strategies to Support the Health and Well-Being of Clinicians During the COVID-19 Outbreak”. This is a helpful guide that highlights strategies to ensure that we provide safe, blame-free, collaborative work environments. It is interesting to note that the first strategy is to ensure that clinicians know how much they are valued. “Valuing Clinicians” oversimplifies what many organizations and leaders struggle with. “Showing value” is often a term that can ring hollow.
Demonstrating value needs to be genuine and authentic, done in a way that not only clinicians but everyone working in healthcare, hears on a frequent and regular basis. The value that these individuals bring, not only now at this time of crisis, but every day is incredible and important.
Showing value can be done by expressing appreciation and gratitude for a job well done, showing up when everyone else is isolating at home and caring for patients with no family or loved ones to bear witness to their darkest hours. This does not have to be complicated, it can be done in person, via phone, text, or even electronically. Valuing clinicians means supporting their work, providing resources, actively listening to their concerns, feelings, and fears and thanking them for the work that they do.
There has never been a more important time for valuing clinicians. I am so grateful for the work and contributions of clinicians and all healthcare workers and often think about how I can someday repay their efforts and sacrifice. Reflecting on the writings of Florence Nightingale, I came across this poignant quote, “You ask me why I do not write something…I think one’s feelings waste themselves in words, they ought all to be distilled into actions and into actions which bring results”.
Let the act of demonstrating value be our action, and on a regular basis going forward, let us show gratitude and appreciation for this selfless work. We must all say the words, write the words, or text the words “Thank you for what you are doing” more often. Let our clinicians and healthcare workers know how valued they are to demonstrate the importance and meaning of their heroic work.
Mock, J. (2020). Psychological trauma is the Next Crisis for Healthcare Workers. Scientific American. Accessed on April 29, 2020. Accessed at https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/psychological-trauma-is-the-next-crisis-for-coronavirus-health-workers/
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine 2019. Taking Action Against Clinician Burnout: A Systems Approach to Professional Well-Being. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/25521
National Academy of Medicine. (2020). Strategies to Support the Health and Well-Being of Clinicians During the COVID-19 Outbreak. Accessed on April 29. 2020. Accessed at https://nam.edu/initiatives/clinician-resilience-and-well-being/clinician-well-being-strategies-during-covid-19/
The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed our lifestyles and habits. Take a quick 5-minute pause to listen to this uplifting micro-interview between Dr. Bonnie Clipper and Irma Rastegayeva as they share stories about those on the front line stepping up and going way above and beyond their job responsibilities with acts of compassion and empathy.
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