October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Whether you are a breast cancer survivor, know someone who has had the disease, or feel connected to the struggle simply because you’re a nurse, October is a great impetus to get involved in the fight. Here are 5 ways you can make a difference as a nurse.
1. Make your own pink glove dance video
Have you heard of Medline’s Pink Glove Dance for breast cancer awareness? It started in 2009 with one dance video that has inspired countless of videos since. Winners get up to $10,000 from Medline, which they can donate to a breast cancer charity of their choice. Why not make your own? Winners for this year’s competition have already been chosen and will be announced today. Which gives you exactly one year to come up with the next winning pink glove dance. Check out this highlight video to see some great contenders for this year’s competition.
2. Participate in a charitable walk with your unit
There are several organizations dedicated to funding breast cancer research — and they encourage group participation. What better way to bond with your fellow nurses, celebrate breast cancer survivors, and honor those who have left this world too soon than to participate in race or walk for a cure. The National Breast Cancer Foundation hosts many fundraising events, as does Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Find a race in your area, then gather up those teammates!
3. Gather a monetary donation
It doesn’t take much effort and even a few dollars can make a great impact. Inspire your coworkers to donate whatever they can, then give it to an organization that supports breast cancer research or helps care for and educate both those who are at risk and those who have been diagnosed.
4. Share, share, share digital resources on social media
One of the greatest benefits of social media is the ease with which nurses can share important educational resources to friends, families, and patients. Like this impactful infographic illustrating the power of the mammogram as a screening tool. Or this one from Keep a Breast.org that shows the proper technique for a breast self-exam.
From simply ‘liking’ the National Breast Cancer Foundation on Facebook to hosting a fundraising event, volunteering with the organization is one way to give back to all of those who have survived or succumbed to breast cancer. They are looking for volunteers for both their virtual program and their outreach program. Another possible volunteer opportunity, if you’re a breast cancer survivor yourself, is to train to help others who are struggling with the disease, through the American Cancer Society. Get more information about the Reach to Recovery program. You can also make a lasting mark on the fight against breast cancer by participating in research that will uncover more information about the disease.
Have you been affected by breast cancer? Whether yourself, someone you love, or a patient, tell us your story in the comments below.