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Gifts for Nurses?

Posted by on Mar. 18, 2013 at 6:22 PM
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I have two questions:

My mom was in the ICU for about 5 weeks in 2 different hospitals. She will be going into hospice care in the next few days. Some of her nurses have been amazing. What do you get for a nursing staff in this situation as, like, a thank-you gift? (Flowers cannot be sent to an ICU as far as I know. Plus, I don't think they're pragmatic.)

My maternal grandmother passed away last Sunday (yeah, you read that right) comfortably in the home she's been in for over 5 years (almost 6). I know many of her nurses very well (and they love my mom--she was always doing nice things for them). One of the nurses who I befriended stayed with my grandmother as she passed (even after she shift was over) so I could be with my mom in the ICU two hours away. I didn't request this, but she knows me and my mom well, and she knew this put my mind at ease. What can I get this nursing staff, nurses I know well and have built a 5+-year relationship with?

Thanks, girls.

slightlyperfect

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TheDoctorsWife
by on Mar. 18, 2013 at 6:37 PM
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First, I'm sorry.

Maybe an edible arrangement or cater a lunch (don't forget the night shift) from honey baked ham or something like that. People love food! Lol

Or, if money is too tight for that, bake a treat.
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SlightlyPerfect
by Babushka Blockparty on Mar. 18, 2013 at 6:41 PM

How do I plan for a catered lunch for more than one shift?

Thanks. :)

Quoting TheDoctorsWife:

First, I'm sorry.

Maybe an edible arrangement or cater a lunch (don't forget the night shift) from honey baked ham or something like that. People love food! Lol

Or, if money is too tight for that, bake a treat.


slightlyperfect

Anonymous
by Anonymous on Mar. 18, 2013 at 6:44 PM
You can order deli platters or hoagie platters one for each shift they will put them in the fridge for second and third shift.


Quoting SlightlyPerfect:

How do I plan for a catered lunch for more than one shift?

Thanks. :)

Quoting TheDoctorsWife:

First, I'm sorry.



Maybe an edible arrangement or cater a lunch (don't forget the night shift) from honey baked ham or something like that. People love food! Lol



Or, if money is too tight for that, bake a treat.



mstricey
by Gold Member on Mar. 18, 2013 at 6:44 PM
Cards? I think that is so sweet of you. Like a pp said, nurses love food also lol. Atleast we do at the sites I go to.
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Anonymous
by Anonymous on Mar. 18, 2013 at 6:44 PM
Chocolate. Or any type of pre-made food.
Anonymous
by Anonymous on Mar. 18, 2013 at 6:47 PM
I'm so sorry for your loss. :(

I work at a nursing home when families want to thank the nursing staff they usually send a card and food. Things like bagel baskets, cookie platters, boxes of chocolate, hoagie platters, and doughnuts.
MrsMatthew
by on Mar. 18, 2013 at 6:47 PM
You can bake a variety of treats--enough to last day and night shift. One of the best things for nurses to get is a thank you card thanking them by name. Those go in portfolios and records and most hospitals include them in evaluations for raises.
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Anonymous
by Anonymous on Mar. 18, 2013 at 6:49 PM
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I dont know any nurses that will eat home made food patients or family bring in. Definitely make sure it is pre-packaged or we will smile and thank you, then dump it.



Quoting MrsMatthew:

You can bake a variety of treats--enough to last day and night shift. One of the best things for nurses to get is a thank you card thanking them by name. Those go in portfolios and records and most hospitals include them in evaluations for raises.


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unspecified42
by Gold Member on Mar. 18, 2013 at 6:50 PM
Food and a very nice letter to the management with specific names.
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Kristen.Marie
by Bronze Member on Mar. 18, 2013 at 6:51 PM
I am a nurse and I like when patients family members bring in bagels and cream cheese in the morning as a gift. Make sure you label what you bring for day shift and night shift. Other things I have seen brought in are: boxes of chocolates, Carmel apples, store bought cupcakes and one time someone brought a big basket of little bags of chips and fruit
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