Behind-The-Scenes: We Surprised Nurses with Kindness

Submitted by Kelsey G. on May 4, 2016

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In honor of Nurse's Day, May 8, 2016, our staff surprised nurses at the Children's Hospital with prizes and treats! We knew this would brighten the nurses' days, but what was unexpected, is how happy it made each of us. Studies show that practicing random acts of kindness boosts your mood, and I think our ever-present smiles were proof that it works. 


Here's how we made it happen (and how you can too):

Call the Volunteer Department: First, we contacted the volunteer department of our local Children's Hospital and told them that we'd like to surprise nurses with treats for Nurse's Day. It helps if you already know exactly what you want to do, including the kinds of goodies you will bring and the date/time of your visit. We planned to be there from 8:00-11:00am on a weekday (note: you can probably do this in an hour, but we had a photographer with us and incorporated a few other activities as well).

Partner with a Volunteer Leader: In order to visit the nurse stations, you need to have a volunteer to escort you to the appropriate locations. This is Donna, our volunteer for the day, who also happens to be one of the kindest people we've ever met. Seriously. If you ever go to The Children's Hospital in Colorado and see Donna, give her a hug from us.


Show up & sign in: After finalizing the logistical details, we were ready to roll! We showed up at the hospital, checked in with the volunteer department, and loaded our goodies in a wagon.

Bring fun goodies: We brought donuts, flowers, and box filled with cards that had prizes written on them. We asked the nurses to pick a card from the box to determine their prize. Our prizes included: starbucks gift cards, chocolates, amazon gift cards, journals, free hugs, books, and other fun odds and ends.

Surprise the nurses: Based on our volunteer leader's recommendations, we visited three different floors of nurse stations. When we arrived, we introduced ourselves and said that we know nurses are always taking care of others and deserve a little caretaking too. So, in honor or Nurse's Day, we brought fun goodies for them. Then we held out the box of prize cards and made sure to be inclusive of all the nurses on the floor, not just those sitting at the nurse station. We also gave out boxes of donuts for the whole floor.


Bring an extra bouquet of flowers with you: It's always fun to bring an extra bouquet of flowers for an unexpected kindness opportunity. Maybe you will see a parent who needs an uplift or a cafeteria worker who deserves more recognition. We loved Donna so much and to thank her for her taking us around the hospital, we gave her our extra bouquet of flowers. 


Hug and Be Happy: The best part of the whole experience is seeing the smiles on the faces of both the nurses and our staff. I'm pretty sure we gave out more hugs in the three hours of our visit, than we do in a month. This is one of my favorite acts of kindness we've done, and I definitely recommend others to try it as well.



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10 months ago
What a wonderful act of kindness! So many times the nursing staff are mistreated by families and patients. So for people to come in with their main purpose being to uplift and encourage us is amazing! Thank you so much for uplifting these amazing, hard working nurses! It's just nice for us nurses to be recognized for our work too! Even though we all have the same goal, to get our patients recovered and back home!
Susan Smith

11 months ago
I am inspired by your act of kindness and surprise to the nurses. Wish to meet people who are like minded to start it in Accra - Ghana, West Africa.
Abena Serwaa Brako

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