While there are plenty of great deals for nurses to score during National Nurses Week, free Dunkin’ Donuts iced coffee isn’t one of them — at least not just for being a nurse. Sorry about that, nurses. 

There’s a popular hoax that circulates around this time of year on Twitter and Facebook when other companies and restaurants offer nurses freebies. This is what the phony promotion looks like: “Nurses — Free Dunkin Donuts Iced Coffee May 6th - 12th — Free Product Samples”

Another fake claim says: “Today, May 6th, Nurses Appreciation Week starts at Dunkin' Donuts. Between today and May 12, nurses (with proper identification) will receive a FREE small 16-ounce Dunkin’ Dark Roast iced coffee between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m.!”

The problem is, the promotion was once valid, but it’s several years old. That doesn’t mean there is no chance of getting free coffee from Dunkin' Donuts, though! 

Simply sign up to be a DD Perk member. Go to a local store and purchase a gift card and then download the DD App to your iPhone or Android device. A free coffee, iced or hot, is given to every new member. Also, members are given free coffees every time they hit 200 points. Plus, there are offers and discounts on various items. If nurses are already members of the rewards program, they might be out of luck.

Thankfully, International Business Times reporter Rebecka Schumann has compiled a list of authentic freebies for National Nurses Week. Click here to check them out.

National Nurses Week, May 6-12, was started in 1954, a year after Dorothy Sutherland of the U.S. Department of Health sent a proposal for Nurses Day to President Dwight Eisenhower. Originally, Nurses Week was celebrated in October to honor Florence Nightingale's mission to Crimea. It was later changed to May so it would end on her birthday, May 12.

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