Happy Nurses Day to all the extraordinary healthcare professionals in Acadiana and all over the world who have had one hell of a year. We salute you today and every day. Thank you for the work you do keeping Acadiana and the world healthy. God bless each of you.

May 6, 2021 kicks off National Nurses Week (May 6, 2021 - May 12, 2021) with National Nurses Day. Nurses and healthcare professionals deserve a break as most are exhausted from over a year of Covid and every other illness under the sun. So here are some National Nurses Day deals and freebies available to all healthcare professionals around the country.

Chipotle: Check out the Chipotle website, The Mexican foodie is giving away free burritos to healthcare professionals (while supplies last) until May 31, 2021.

Hooters: Healthcare workers get 20% off the total bill. Be ready to show your ID.

IHOP: Healthcare workers get 25% off the total bill. ID required.

McAlister's Deli: Nurses get a free tea through Friday, May 7, 2021. ID or badge required.

Outback Steakhouse: Every day of the year, first responders receive a 10% heroes discount. Just show a valid medical, state or federal service ID.

Nike: Healthcare workers can take 10% off most items purchased at Nike.com. Simply fill out the online form and you'll receive a promo code to use at checkout.

Staples: Use the promo code 50668 at checkout and receive 25% off in-store purchases. ID required.

Sketchers: The shoe mega-giant will give essential workers 30% at Sketchers.com through May 31, 2021.

Happy National Nurses Week to all nurses and healthcare workers. Acadiana and the world thank you for everything you do. Stay healthy and know that you are loved by all.

I Am a Nurse

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