By Marcy Phipps, BSN, RN, CCRN. We originally published this post in 2010, but it’s so good we wanted to share it again this week. Enjoy!
During Nurses Week (May 6–12), the hospital where I work gives out endearing little trophies as awards for “nursing superlatives.” Ballots are distributed with predetermined categories, and the categories are usually fun and relatively straightforward. They include:
- Best at Starting an IV
- Most Likely to Crack a Raunchy Joke before Noon
- Most Likely to Cry at Some Point during a Shift
- Funniest Nurse
- Most “Germ-a-Phobic” Nurse
The contests and catered meals, fun gifts, and light-hearted spirit of Nurses Week make it one of the nicest work weeks of the year, and we all come out of it feeling appreciated. But, in consideration of nursing superlatives, I’d like to propose some new categories. Although these titles won’t fit on the trophy plates, I think they’re worthy of recognition.
- Most Likely to Notice, By the Tone of Another Nurse’s Voice, That Said Nurse Is Approaching a ‘Tilt’ Level of Stress, and Intervene Accordingly
- Most Likely to Volunteer to Assist with Postmortem Care (a job that nobody looks forward to, but that’s nonetheless important)
- Most Likely to Accompanying Another Nurse on the Transport of an Unstable Patient to a Necessary Scan
- Most Flexible; or Most Likely to Switch Shifts on Short Notice to Accommodate Another Nurse’s Unexpected Family Events