The greatest heroes are those who do their duty in the daily grind of domestic affairs whilst the world whirls as a maddening dreidel.

       —Florence Nightingale

    If any year is a cause for celebrating everything nurses contribute to our health and well-being, 2020-2021 definitely tops the list. If Florence Nightingale were still with us (she’d be 201 now), she would surely celebrate the heroic work and personal sacrifices nurses all over the world made in the continuing battle against COVID-19.

    Whatever your professional involvement with the pandemic — front line warrior or holding down the fort in a supporting role, as a nurse you have been deeply and permanently affected by the events of the past year. But your efforts won’t soon be forgotten, and many companies and services are offering freebies and treats to acknowledge your sacrifices. Here are just a few:

    • On National Nurses Day, May 6, Dunkin’ is offering a free medium hot or iced coffee and a free donut – no purchase necessary – to all health care workers who visit participating Dunkin’ restaurants nationwide. Stop in early on your way to work, because the offer is only while supplies last.
    • Rothy’s, that one-stop source for comfortable and totally adorable flats is offering discounts to health care workers through December 31, 2021 (signup required). All shoes are made from recycled plastic bottles (some 78 million and counting), so you’ll be doing the planet a favor, too.
    • Stop by Chipotle for a free burrito for all health care workers through May 31. (me required to participate)
    • NurseDeals offers 10 free Mystery Box Raffle Tickets on a goodie package valued at $199. The box is stuffed with all things nurse-related, and past prizes have included a personalized lunch kit, t-shirts, jackets, mugs, socks, bags, and much more. Winners are chosen through a random drawing.
    • Amazon, naturally, has tons of fun, useful, and clever gift ideas for yourself or a nurse in your life. And if you have a Kindle, check out these free nurse-related books ranging from professional publications to study guides to steamy romances to hospital humor. There’s even a scanned book by Louisa May Alcott of “Little Women” fame called “Hospital Sketches” and Florence Nightingale’s classic treatise, “Notes on Nursing – What It Is and What It Is Not.”
    • American Nurses Association provides a number of resources in honor of Nurses Month, including a resource toolkit, free webinar, self-care tips, and just for fun, lots of info and insight about the revered “Flo” herself.

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