Just like you, we are always looking for ways to keep ourselves and our family busy and active as we adjust to the new normal of “Stay home. Stay healthy”. Every day we are giving you a list of 14 things to keep us sharp, in shape, stimulated, busy, or entertained during these unprecedented times. Do one a day for 14 days, or tackle the entire list at once. Just make sure to check back every day for something new.

These unprecedented times have been challenging for many of us, especially the dedicated medical professionals that care for us. May 6th-12th is national nurses’ week, so we wanted to take a moment to share 14 ways to celebrate.

  1. Just Smile and Say Thank You – If you know a nurse or run into one in public, just take a moment to say thank you for all their hard work.
  2. Send Thank You Cards – Whether they’re handwritten or purchased, show your gratitude, especially if you were their patient.
  3. Send Some Treats – Send over a box of donuts or some pizza for the staff to enjoy.
  4. Send Some Healthy Snacks – While sweets are great, you can always opt for a fruit basket or gift basket with protein bars, nuts, and dried fruit to help them stay fueled.
  5. Respect Their Time – If you are in need of medical attention during these times, be respectful of your nurse’s time. Be polite, thankful, and concise.
  6. Tell Them How They’ve Helped – If a nurse has made an impact on your health, let them know! Tell them how their help and advice helped you lose weight, quit smoking, or even train for a marathon. Nurses work hard, so let them know that their effort made an impact in your life.
  7. Donate Any PPE You Can – If you have the ability to do so, you can purchase or sew masks to help our medical professionals during these challenging times.
  8. Social Media Shout-Out – Take a moment to thank nurses on your page and bring awareness to this week of celebration.
  9. Send Compression Socks – Nurses are on their feet all day and work long shifts. This can make an extraordinary gift.
  10. Send Caffeine – Consider making a coffee run for your local nursing staff to help them through their shift.
  11. Write a Review – Online reviews are more powerful than many people realize. Not only will your words reach the business’ potential patients, but the senior staff will read what you wrote. If you had a great experience, write a review and mention your nurse by name.
  12. Send Flowers – This classic thank you gift can be appreciated by the whole staff.
  13. Send Some Fresh Boxes of Pens – Pens can be scarce in some medical offices. Donate a few boxes with a note of appreciation.
  14. Volunteer – If you are able to do so, hospitals are in need of volunteers to help during these challenging times. See what you can do to help.

We know things are stressful right now, and you may be worried about your finances. We have solutions available through our Member Assistance Program, designed to support you. We have a range of resources, such as an Emergency Loan Program, Skip-a-Pay, and our Visa Credit Card special, that can help those who have been impacted.