It’s time to thank members of the nation’s most-trusted profession.
Some restaurants across the country are showing nurses a little love by offering freebies and discounts for National Nurses Week, which kicks off Sunday.
The week goes through May 12, which was the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.
For the past 16 years, the Gallup poll has named nurses as the most-trusted profession in its ratings of honesty and ethical standards in professions.
The poll showed 82% of Americans describe nurses’ ethics as high or very high. By comparison, 60% rated members of Congress as low or very low for honesty and ethical standards.
Nurse appreciation deals
Participation can vary. To be on the safe side, check with your closest restaurants.
Chipotle: Nurses, mark your calendars for June 5. With a work ID, get a buy-one-get-one free on burritos, bowls, salads and orders of tacos.
Cinnabon: Through May 12, nurses get one free Cinnabon Classic Roll, MiniBon Roll or a four-count BonBites when they show their badge at participating locations.
Culver’s: There’s not a nationwide promotion and offers will vary among locations and most will have a special on Sunday with a valid ID. An easy way to check if your closest Culver’s is doing something is by checking the location’s details page on www.culvers.com.
Freebirds World Burrito: Only on Sunday, all nurses with a valid ID get a free burrito with the purchase of any adult-sized entrée when they mention the May 6 only deal.
Jimboy’s Tacos: Nurses who show a valid employee ID get a buy-one-get-one free deal on the California-based chain’s Original Ground Beef Tacos through Saturday. Limit three free tacos per nurse at participating locations.
PDQ: Teachers and nurses get 50% off their total check Tuesday with valid ID.
Potbelly Sandwich Shop: Through Saturday, show your medical ID or wear your scrubs for a free fountain drink or cookie with the purchase of a sandwich or salad. Limited to one per customer.
Scooter’s Coffee: On Monday, nurses get 50% off any drink when they show their nurse ID. Limit one per customer.
More deals: Individual franchises of national chains including Chick-fil-A might also have freebies and specials for nurses. Locally-owned businesses also will honor nurses and one of the easiest ways to find out is to check restaurants’ social media channels.
Kelly Tyko is a consumer columnist and retail reporter for Treasure Coast Newspapers and TCPalm.com, part of the USA TODAY NETWORK. Read her Bargainista tips at TCPalm.com/Bargainista and follow her on Twitter @KellyTyko. Sign up for her weekly newsletter at www.tcpalm.com/featured-newsletter/bargainistabest.