Nurses comprise the nation’s most trusted profession.* So, it’s appropriate that we have a week designated especially to recognize these vital members of our health care system.
National Nurses Week is May 6-12, beginning with National Nurses Day. It ends on the birthday of Florence Nightingale, considered to be the founder of modern nursing.
Select restaurants across the nation are showing nurses a little love by offering freebies and discounts for National Nurses Week.
Nurses Week deals and freebies
Participation and offers can vary by location. To be on the safe side, always check with your closest location before heading out. Some deals require you to have a restaurant’s app or be signed up for emails.
BAYADA Home Health Care: This not-for-profit provider will randomly select 50 nurses to win a prize kit during its “What’s Your Wish” giveaway on NursesWeek.com. The website also offers access to online expert speaker sessions, panel discussions, and a menu of virtual courses for which nurses can earn up to seven Continuing Education credits for free.
Biggby Coffee: Nurses get a free 16-ounce beverage of choice and retractable badge holders Thursday with a medical ID.
Chipotle Mexican Grill: The fast-casual restaurant chain is giving 250,000 codes for free burritos to nurses, medical providers, and hospital providers while supplies last. Sign up at giving.chipotle.com/healthcareheroes. Chipotle also is giving away free buy-one-get-one-free codes through Friday as part of a Cinco de Mayo promotion.
Dunkin’: All health care workers get a free medium hot or iced coffee Thursday with their ID. No purchase is necessary.
More freebies, discounts, and deals
Jimmy John’s: Get $5 off online and app orders $20 or more with promo code 5OFF20 through June 13. This discount can’t be combined with other offers or rewards.
McAlister’s Deli: Nurses get a free tea through Friday when they show their badge or ID. Also, through Thursday, the chain is taking nominations for a nurse to win free catering on its website. Those who submit a nomination will receive a free tea promotion code to use within 14 days but will need to be a member of the McAlister’s Deli rewards program to redeem. The winners will be announced Friday.
O’Charley’s Restaurant + Bar: From Thursday through May 12, nurses get a free slice of pie when dining in with a valid ID. One free piece of pie per check, and the deal is not valid with any other offer or discount.
Outback Steakhouse: As part of the chain’s Heroes Discount, nurses, doctors, medical staff get 10% off their check daily with a medical ID. Military veterans, law enforcement, and first responders also get a discount when they show their state or federal service ID.
More deals: Individual franchises of national chains might also have freebies and specials for nurses. Locally owned businesses may also honor nurses. Check restaurants’ social media channels.
*The analytics company Gallup has consistently named nursing as the most trusted profession in its ratings of honesty and ethical standards. In the most recent poll from 2020, nurses earned a record 89% very high/high score for their honesty and ethics, which was four percentage points greater than in 2019.