For a nurse, nothing beats the feeling of being appreciated and respected – these are special thank-you gifts for the level of care they deliver.
This often comes in the form of a simple gesture: a message of thanks, a smile, a handcrafted drawing from a young patient, or family member.
But be mindful of your workplace – some have strict rules on accepting gifts of any kind, while others allow for the acceptance of small, token gifts. Learn the necessary policies.
Here are some small, token gift ideas for a nurse who is looking after you, or a family member who is a nurse, or if you just want to treat yourself after a busy shift.
7 Practical Thank-You Gifts For Nurses
1. Minipresso (via Amazon)
Coffee is the lifeblood of a busy nurse. Working outside regular hours often means nurses are at the mercy of a coffee machine, so here’s a good alternative.
2. Uber Eats Gift Card (via Uber Eats)
Remembering to eat – or finding the time – is a typical nurse’s struggle. Treat them to a snazzy, chef-prepared dish on their break to say thank you for all their hard work.
3. Compression Socks (via FIGS)
Circulation is a big thing for nurses who are on their feet for most of the day. These great socks not only look awesome, but also do a fantastic job of keeping the blood flowing.
4. Hand cream (via Aquaphor/Amazon)
Nurses are constantly washing their hands. This inevitably leads to skin dryness and cracking. To help them keep their hands moisturised, give them a super hydrating lotion (unscented). Aquaphor is a good option. Shop around.
5. Lollies (via Coles/Woolies or gift bags via craft sites)
Like caffeine, sugar is the fuel that keeps nurses going. Lollies are great, because they are shareable among all the staff and nursing unit managers. Just remember to make sure they’re individually wrapped if nurses are going to be sharing them (for COVID-19 reasons).
6. Comfy shoes (via Hush Puppies)
Nurses swear by them: The best investment you can make in your career is a pair of comfortable shoes. You’re going to be on your feet for most of your shifts, so look after your poor feet.
7. Nurse water bottle (via Zazzle)
All that caffeine and sugar means nurses dehydrate faster than most of us. Having a personalised water bottle handy ensures nurses are reminded to keep their fluids up so they can keep caring to the best of their abilities.
3 Creative Thank-You Gifts For Nurses
1. Nurse Colouring Book: Sweary Midnight Edition (via Amazon)
A nurse’s mind is always at work – multitasking, checking meds, ticking off checklists. One way to bring a sense of calm to a busy mind is with this excellent nurse-themed colouring book. For the nurse with a sense of humour and a creative mind, this is the perfect gift.
2. Nurse-themed badges (via Etsy)
These are as beautiful as they are creative. Nurses like to add a touch of personality to their scrubs, and these badges reflect this brilliantly. They can be great talking points too for patients.
3. Scented candle (via Little Motto Designs)
Nurses generally need to unwind and relax after a busy shift. These scented candles can help calm the nerves. And they scream, “We appreciate you!”
2 Fun Thank-You Gifts For Nurses
1. The Prescription Coffee Mug (via Amazon)
Hilarious, yet practical. These coffee mugs designed to look like prescription drugs are ideal for the nurse with a sarcastic sense of humour.
2. Plush Organs (via Uncommon Goods)
Squishy, plush organs. What more could a nurse want? They’re cute, colourful and they’re stress relievers. Not sure how anatomically correct they are though …
Nurses Now values all its nursing clients and employees. They do amazing work in sometimes challenging situations. Take time to support and praise a nurse where possible, because the world needs more nurses and disability support staff.
If you need nursing and support staff, you want to register your interest or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.
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Nursing Thank-You Gifts FAQs
Q. Is it okay for nurses to accept gifts from patients?
A. According to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, nurses do not allow the offer of any gift or benefit to change the way they work or make decisions, working on the general presumption that they do not accept any gifts or benefits. Recognising the reality of people wishing to demonstrate their appreciation for care by providing an acknowledgement in the form of a gift or benefit, the following guidelines apply:
• Nurses may accept token or inexpensive gifts offered as a gesture of appreciation, and not to secure favour. They do not accept gifts that are more than a token; nor do they accept gifts of cash, other than a negotiated fee for service when in private practice.
• Nurses in employment report the acceptance of the gift to their supervisors and seek their agreement to retain the gift.
• Nurses take all reasonable steps to ensure that neither they nor their immediate family members accept gifts or benefits that an impartial observer could view as a means of securing the nurse’s influence or favour.