How to Thank the Nurses in Your Life
Nurses Week was May 6-12—but we can thank nurses for all they are doing to protect us every week.
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The American Nurses Foundation’s Coronavirus Response Fund for Nurses—which allows the public to support and thank nurses—will address the current and emerging needs of nurses, including:
Providing direct assistance to nurses
Supporting the mental health of nurses
Ensuring nurses have access to the latest science-based information to protect themselves, prevent infection, and care for those in need
Create a sign thanking nurses.
If you have poster board, markers, and other crafting supplies at the ready, you can help your child make and decorate a sign thanking nurses that you post in your lawn or hang in a window.
Participate in PBS KIDS’ #ThankYouNeighbors campaign.
Throughout the month, PBS KIDS is honoring nurses, doctors, teachers, mail carriers, and other ‘essential workers’ with it’s #ThankYouNeighbors campaign. You can download fill-in-the-blank thank you notes for your kids to fill in and email or mail to essential workers, download a printable coloring sheet with a thank-you note prompt for your child to complete to give to an essential worker or hang in your window for them to see, and your child can create their own essential worker hero. And if your child does any of these, make sure to share it on social with #ThankYouNeighbors to share the thanks with the community!
Practice proper social distancing.
One of the easiest ways to thank a nurse? Stay home. Limiting your potential exposure to the coronavirus means you’re less likely to be admitted to the hospital for treatment. And if you do need to go out? Make sure you wear a mask, don’t touch your face, maintain social distance, and wash your hands.
Call or text a nurse in your life.
If you have a friend or family member who is a nurse, take some time to call or text her to see how she’s doing. Tell him thank you for all that he’s doing. Ask her if there’s anything you can do to support her and her family. And just be a person he can talk to to take his mind off things for even a few minutes.
Main Image: Adeline, from Staten Island, made this sign to thank the front line workers during the coronavirus pandemic.