March 19th is one of my favorite days; it’s Certified Nurses Day. I love it because I love certified nurses. It doesn’t matter what the certification is because every certification test is rigorous, requires extensive knowledge and experience to sit for and pass, and carries several ongoing standards to maintain certification such as numbers of hours worked and sometimes hundreds of continuing education credits within a certain specialty area.
Plainly put – certified nurses are healthcare rock stars.
So, why not celebrate these amazing men and women? Even acknowledgement of Certified Nurses Day to a certified nurse will be a big deal, so download, print, and giveaway these four cards to honor the certified nurses around you. Don’t forget to add your own handwritten note into the white spaces. Enjoy!
Download Chalkboard Credentials here.
Download Red Credentials here.
Download Awesome Psst here.
Download Certified Nurses Day – YOU here.
Valentine’s Day is Saturday. For many in healthcare celebrating at work, the celebration will happen all throughout this week and next – whenever people are together. I love a good card, and since I couldn’t really find valentines for my coworkers and team members that I adored, I decided to make my own. And now you get to share in the fun, too, because they’re all free. Happy Valentine’s Day…or Week…or whatever. Simply download, print, add an encouraging note on the back, and share the love to brighten someone’s day.
We go together like cisplatin and hydration. Download.
We go together like methotrexate and leukovorin. Download.
We go together like cold beverage and a regulatory-approved ‘drink corral’ in a non-patient care area. Or like routine distress screening and pivotal medical visits. Download.
We go together like carboplatin and the area under the curve. Or like skin assessments and weekly treatment visits. Download.
Don’t work in oncology or have an idea for another healthcare-related Valentine card that’s a little different? Leave a comment. I just might make it and publish it here for you and others to enjoy!
It will be okay
He tells himself
As he leaves the flames behind.
He leaps forward into the calm
That’s been pulling,
Giving in to everything he’s ever wanted
But has been too afraid to know.
Thanks to Beau Taplin for such words.
There’s value in continuing despite yourself. Get out of your own way. Move the work you touch. Gather your failures and doubts into a big pile, and step over them.
I previously published a free, printable card celebrating nurses who just obtained their RN licenses. I’ve added another version – in red – of that card to the original post.
And thanks to a sweet friend who was looking for a card to celebrate two nurses who recently obtained their OCN (Oncology Certified Nurse) credentials, I’ve updated the cards to reflect that congratulations, as well. Hooray for new OCNs!
Download and enjoy the coral version.
Or, you can download and enjoy the red version.
Nursing school grads left and right are completing their NCLEX exams and gaining their Registered Nurse, R.N., credentials. Today’s free, printable card was inspired by my cousin, Shelley, who just obtained her RN license yesterday. I remember exactly what that felt like…absolutely incredible. I welcome her and the rest of my new colleagues to our amazing profession! Guard those credentials fiercely. State them proudly. Hold true to everything they represent.
This card is available to anyone and everyone, free of charge. Simply download, print (on card stock is best), write your personal sentiments on the reverse, and give, give away. Enjoy!
You can also download the red version.
It’s May 13th (or later depending on when you’re reading this!), and that means one thing…You missed Nurses Week! Gasp! If there’s a nurse in your life that you need to honor, have no fear; two free Nursetopia cards are here to save the day. Simply download, print on card stock or another high-quality paper, and write your message on the back. If you want to download the cards separately, you can grab them here and here to resize and use.
Nurses Week (May 6-12) will be here before we all know it. And what will nurses have throughout that week? The same they have each and every week – not enough hours in the day and fewer resources to care for sicker patients. Day after day. week after week. It’s easy to forget the love – the art of nursing, but we can change that.
Elizabeth Scala, MBA, MSN, RN, is hosting The Art of Nursing, a four-day, online series to reinvigorate professional passion during Nurses Week. With twelve sessions crossing numerous and well-known nurse speakers, the series will focus on practical concepts for nurses to care for themselves. And with enrollment packages ranging from students through entire organizations, there is something for everyone.
What nurse doesn’t want a little bit of time to himself or herself to focus on the art of our profession rather than trinkets and bobbles during the celebrated Nurses Week? Share The Art of Nursing with those around you – nursing students, nursing colleagues, and leaders within your organization.