Theresa Brown, RN, has been a favorite nurse author of mine for a long time. She is a frequent contributor in the New York Times and American Journal of Nursing, and in 2011, wrote Critical Care: A New Nurse Faces Death, Life, and Everything in Between. In The Shift, Miss Brown takes the reader through her full 12-hour shift in a busy oncology unit. In addition to learning about the patients she cares for with such knowledge and skill during this shift, what strikes me is how Miss Brown illuminates her decision-making. We know that as nurses, critical thinking comes with experience, yet Miss Brown truly explains how she prioritizes care without the reader even realizing that is what’s happening. Read the book – you’ll see what I mean! This will make a perfect gift for hospital nurses who understand just how much can happen in one 12-hour shift.
Acknowledge your nursing team's compassion and caring ways with appreciation gifts featuring exclusive motivational themes that beautifully express how wonderful and highly regarded nurses are, how it's in their nature to care, and that they are the heartbeat of healthcare. Positive Promotions' exclusive slogans adorn a wide selection of nurse appreciation gifts to help you fully convey your gratitude during National Nurses Week or any day of the year. You can even have items personalized with your facility's logo or personal message. A custom imprint makes your presentation extra special and memorable!
For many years the newly retired nurse will have dedicated her life to caring for others. It’s about time she enjoyed a spot of pampering herself. Give her a gift voucher that can be exchanged for a massage, manicure, pedicure, or hair style. She could use it for a reflexology session, day at her local spa, Reiki session, or a makeover. If there are a few people that are willing to pool finances, you might be able to treat her to a weekend away. ">
Brittney Wilson, BSN, RN, a bachelors-prepared registered nurse, is the founder and owner of The Nerdy Nurse® and TheNerdyNurse.com. She is the co-founder of Health Media Academy and is an award-winning author and blogger, international keynote speaker, and influencer in the nursing and healthcare technology communities. Brittney is the author of The Nerdy Nurse's Guide to Technology and co-author of The Nurse's Guide to Blogging. She blogs about nursing, technology, health IT, at other healthcare topics at thenerdynurse.com. ">
That time of year has come; your friend or family member has sacrificed so much for this moment: nursing school graduation. And that’s not including what’s next for them: the NCLEX . So why not surprise them with something they’ll actually want during this graduation season? Give them something that will make their transition from nursing student to nurse go a little more smoothly. Here are ten great gifts for the graduating nursing student!
When my parents asked me what I wanted for my nursing school graduation gift, I asked for a gift card to a scrub shop! Most new nurses don’t have a lot of scrubs already–they may only have the scrubs with their school’s emblem stitched on. So the gift of new scrubs is a very practical option! I love Lydia’s Scrubs for their wide selection and reasonable prices, and it’s easy to order online. ">
A great gift that most people really tend to like is to get something and embroider their names, initials, etc. on it. What you can do is take any item already mentioned above (say, a bracelet or tote bag), and then get an engraving or embroidered initials or name on it. Say your grad’s name is Jane Smith. You can get a cute tote bag, take it to an embroidery shop, and get Jane Smith, RN on it. Most nurses LOVE this stuff, and it helps them keep track of their items (and prevents theft).
“The deafening sound of a siren hammered the eardrums of the people in the street. An ambulance crossed town at high speed. Two accident victims with broken limbs, multiple contusions, and various other injuries were being transported to the emergency room. A young nurse with an exuberant body and shapely curves was providing very sensual emergency care which made them forget all suffering. Meanwhile, the driver suffered from a slight strabismus though it did not prevent him from swerving dangerously through the hundreds of cars who, at that hour, clogged the roads of the town. He just missed two light poles, grazed 14 cars, hit two motorcyclists and rammed a truck, but his orders were to arrive as fast as possible. The first to be taken to the emergency room was the paramedic who had been sitting next to the driver; he had arrived unconscious with symptoms of cardiac arrest.” ">
And we could go on, but you should get the idea. Leading up to the day of her retirement when you can give her a bouquet of twelve red roses. Add a note containing a message, favorite quote, or special words, with each of the gifts, and keep your identity secret until the last day. Alternatively, all her co-workers could take it in turns providing a range of different gifts. One for each day leading up to her last day at work.
As any nurse knows, the amount of “stuff” that piles up in your bag seems to never end. From medical gear to car keys, there is a lot that nurses lug back and forth between work and home. This bag is made specifically for nurses, with plenty of pockets and compartments that allow for easy organization, along with a water resistant fabric and heavy duty zippers to withstand the wear and tear that comes with the job.
A stethoscope. Definitely a practical gift, a stethoscope is a great way to give to a nurse - you can't go wrong with this classic Littman stethoscope. Stethoscopes can get stolen, so you could go even bigger and get it engraved with your nurse’s name, eliminating that “finders keepers” problem. But remember, nurses are pretty specific about the tools that they like to use, so be sure to ask your nurse which type is preferred, or give a gift card to purchase a specific stethoscope. (Remember that controversy about Miss Colorado, the nurse with the stethoscope?)
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