Amanda Anderson, a blogger for HealthCetera, has started a campaign asking Google to devote a Google Doodle to honor National Nurses Day on May 6th. I personally enjoy the doodles. I have Google as my home page so I see them every day when I sign on to my computer. Some doodles are interactive such as the one for Halloween 2012 and others celebrate innovators and various subjects including: birthdays (Dorothy Height’s 102nd), Ghana’s Independence Day, the 2014 Winter Olympics (complete with a hint of a political statement), and one of the best — a tribute to Freddie Mercury (it has an animated Freddie flying on a Tiger singing “Don’t Stop Me Now”) which is fabulous!
Amanda wants to bring attention to our profession and states, “Maybe, if the millions of Americans Googling something on May 6th saw a tribute to modern day nursing, we’d be able to start a conversation about our profession that’s long overdue.” Every day she is highlighting a nurse innovator with an email to Google and posting them on her blog, This Nurse Wonders, and on the Facebook page, Why Nurses need a Google Doodle, AND via @12HourRN.
To add to the cause I will start emailing Google to request the same and urge you to email them as well! In honor of the #Rngoogledoodle campaign I submit to you a list of 20 reasons nurses should have a Google Doodle.
20 Reasons Why Nursing Needs a Google Doodle
19. Being yelled at by doctors in front of everyone and blamed for their mistakes
17. Can you say mucous plug? Get a good visual of that one.
16. Body fluid (insert any body fluid or euphemism here) shock and awe. Let’s just say it’s worse than any attack Schwartzkopf dreamed up.
15. Press Ganey
14. Emesis basins
13. People die and yes we cry
12. Job induced urinary retention
11. 3 am calls to the doctor
10. Physician’s handwriting
9. “Hellooooooo nurse, can I get some help here”
8. Patients who think you are a waitress. See “Helloooooo nurse…”
7. Objects inserted into dark places. Insert painful smile here. I can’t make this stuff up
6. Having someone’s life in our hands. How is that for a little pressure?
5. The odor of the feet of someone who hasn’t taken a bath in weeks
4. Lunch break? LOL!
3. Family members that yell at you to show they care
2. Most patients aren’t tiny and petite. Someone has to move them.
1. We really care about what we do and the people we take care of.