May 10, 2011, 3:05 pm

National Nurses Week: May 6-12 Goodies and Giveaways!

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Happy National Nurses Week to all my nursing colleagues! And a very Happy Birthday to Florence Nightingale, born 191 years ago; May 12, 1820! She was 40 years old when she opened the nursing school at St. Thomas’ Hospital in London. It still exists.

Here is a recording Florence Nightingale made in 1890. Per Wikipedia, she says:

“When I am no longer even a memory, just a name, I hope my voice may perpetuate the great work of my life. God bless my dear old comrades of Balaclava and bring them safe to shore.”

I like to think she knows just how well the great work of her life is being perpetuated every minute of every day by dedicated, hard-working nurses all over the world.

What a legacy!


Now let’s par-tay!

The folks at The Campaign for Nursing’s Future at Johnson & Johnson have a bunch of cool stuff for this week.

First of all, forget Angry Birds – I’m freaking addicted to “Happy Nurse”.

(No, it does not involve sling shots and emesis basins pointed at physicians hiding under gurneys; who would even imagine such a thing???)

It’s simple. You have a little over a minute to get to your assignment, so you run as fast as you can, but you have to jump over obstacles in your way.

Easy, you say? Pshaw!, you say? Okay, go try it! Let’s see you jump over crash carts and Dynamaps and medcarts! Ha! I’m sore and it was only my avatar that was running! And falling…

It will soon be available on iTunes, btw, but you can play it on the website now.

Oh, don’t forget to hit the hand sanitizer at the end of the run or you lose. Srsly.


You can post a thank you note to a nurse on the Johnson & Johnson Nursing Notes Facebook page, and while you are there, you can pick up a “Thank a Nurse” digital badge and use it on your social networking sites.

Then, head over to for a free CE module: From ‘Distress’ to ‘De-Stress’ with Stress Management.


The folks over at GIANTmicrobes are offering a free 5-7 inch plush GIANTmicrobe of choice to an Emergiblog reader in honor of National Nurses Week!

If you would like to be considered for the drawing, click the “Contact” button at the top of this page, and email me your name and snail-mail address. BE SURE TO PUT “GIANTMICROBE” IN THE SUBJECT LINE so that I will see it.

I’ll put all the names in my nursing cap (really!) and choose the winner by drawing. GIANTmicrobes will mail the little varmint directly to your house.

You have until May 17th to submit your name.

While you are waiting, go check out the GIANTmicrobe Facebook page!


And finally, one of the new commercials from the Campaign for Nursing’s Future – a real ER nurse, working her real job. Have a Happy Nurses Week!


  • Candy

    May 11, 2011 at 9:23 am

    ADVANCE for Nurses also has a free CE honoring nurses for Nurses Week:

  • All Things Nurses

    May 12, 2011 at 6:19 am

    We have a contest running through midnight tonight (5/12/11) giving away four $50 restaurant giftcards.

    We love nurses and to show our appreciation we want to buy you dinner! We are giving away four $50 Restaurant Gift Cards to the top four entries of a very simple essay contest.

    To ENTER TO WIN go to and tell us why you became a nursing professional.

  • virge randall

    May 13, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    I really like the clip of Florence Nightingale’s voice. And I have to tell you the comments at the GM facebook page from nurses and their friends are so inspiring.

  • emilie

    May 22, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    Wow, never heard Florence actually speak before. Neat! And aww, those microbes are actually so cute, its a shame Im on the other side of the globe!

  • The Nerdy Nurse

    May 24, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    How did I not know about this app until now!?!

    Must play!

  • Sandra

    May 31, 2011 at 6:11 am

    This app looks hilarious in fun. Something for when I’m on call taking a break.

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