I think that I will try hard to always remember how good it feels to be recognized for doing a good job. Even small things really do make a difference. For example, yesterday I was floated (big shocker) to med-surg. It wasn't horrible, but I definitely ran the entire day. Also, the fact that if you want to sit then you need to go to the nurse's station really doesn't make it any easier on the back or knees after 12.5 hours. Besides that, I had a decent day.
What really made me happy was that before the shift ended, the charge nurse walked over and handed me this VIPGift Pass for 10 points. This is a site my hospital uses to reward nurses and other staff at the holidays and things of that nature. The points are reedemable for gift cards, household items, electronics, etc.
She wrote on the paper, "Nicole-You were fantastic. Thanks for all your help!"
I mean, it is so simple, but so appreciated. Sometimes you just feel like no one cares what you do because it is your job, but I felt it was nice.
And I got a free movie ticket out of it:)