Appreciate and honor nurses in your life.
Nurse appreciation is essential to acknowledge and support nurses as they develop and sustain their critical role in society. When we perform acts of appreciation, we cultivate a practice culture of motivation, excellence, and commitment.
Carry your attributes: The Return of the Nightingale™ Coin series
May these coins support the empowerment of nurses everywhere as we claim and reclaim the heart and soul of nursing. We call upon the Return of the Nightingale™.
Each of our 14 commemorative coins pays tribute to Florence Nightingale, attributes reflecting the essence of nursing, and symbols of the spirit of caring and compassion. On the front of each coin is a classic image of Florence Nightingale to honor her as Nurse Healer and her many contributions as originator and founder of modern nursing. The back of the each coin acknowledges different nursing attributes through words and imagery. Most coins are 39mm diameter, the size of an US silver dollar. Healing Light coin is 25mm diameter, the size of a US quarter.
Pray your attributes: Prayer Beads
Use our suggested intentions/prayers for each attribute, or create your own intentions for each bead. We hope you enjoy these beautiful beads and use them to call forward your intentions and honor the nurse attributes.
Wear your attributes: Medallion Necklaces and Attribute Bracelets
- Attribute Bracelets are individually hand-stamped sterling silver. Nightingale and Nurse typewriter key bracelets are limited in quantity and available only as long as current supply lasts.
- Healing Light necklace comes in bronze and sterling silver. Each 39 mm bronze coin can be put in a bezel and worn.
Coin Gifting Ceremony
In gifting a nurse with a nurse commemorative coin (a token of appreciation) that carries the images and attributes of nursing, we are acknowledging the unique contribution to their profession and nursing practice. We are saying:
Thank you for Being a Nurse!
The Coin Gifting Ceremony was created to offer a template to be used when a coin is gifted nurse-to-nurse. This experience has been described as a sacred bond between those who share a deep understanding of what it is to be a nurse. “I know who you are!”
Where are the Nightingales? As a spin-off to our original project, we hope that someday every nurse in the world will have a token of appreciation coin/medallion. We are mapping the flight migration of the gifts we send to Nightingales all over the world.
National Nurses Week
National Nurses Week is celebrated in the United States from May 6th to May 12th. May 6th is designated as National Recognition Day for Nurses. National Nurses Week was first celebrated, October 11-16th 1954 to mark the 100th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s mission to Crimea. In 1974, President Nixon designated National Nurses Week as May 6th – May 12th. In 1982 President Reagan, signed a proclamation declaring May 6th as National Recognition Day for Nurses. In 1993 the American Nurses Association established the permanent dates of May 6th – 12th for National Nurses Week.
International Nurses day is May 12 and coincides with Florence Nightingale’s Birthday. International Nurses Day has been celebrated since 1974.
We celebrate Nurses Day each year on May 6th with this Nurses Week Ceremony at the Rose Garden in Portland Oregon.
Return of the Nightingale Theme Song
- Inspire nurses during shift report/faculty and student meetings.
- Generate discussion about nurse attributes and ways to cultivate them.
- Feed our soul and remind us that we nurses are the Nightingales.
Jill's Story of the Theme Song
What others are saying…
- The song reminds us of what is important.
- I will share this with other nurses. What a gift to all of us.
- It was calming.
- I just sat and cried when I heard the CD.
- I have shared your CD with many of my co-workers today and it brings tears to their eyes.
“Thank you so much for the Florence coin. I have always tried to live up to what I felt her passion to care for the sick must have been! Thank You – two words that do mean a lot – but somehow seem inadequate for how I feel about your gift and card. All the people I have showed it to have been just as amazed as I was/am. I guess for the amazement issue on my part…I was just doing what I thought/think nursing care should be for EVERYONE!”Linda