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Nurses are on their feet for hours at a time, so it’s understandable why so many of them are rather picky when it comes to finding shoes that are comfortable and good for their feet. Yet for some reason, many of them could care less what socks they wear. Compression socks have always been great for reducing soreness and swelling, but they haven’t always been the most stylish. That’s not the case with these fun, EKG-themed socks. This is a gift that not only looks good, but it will do wonders for their feet. They’ll definitely thank you for this one. ">
If you're looking to go the classic and traditional route it doesn't get much better than the gold pocket watch. This is a classic gift because it is supposed to symbolize the time the person has spent working. The passage of time is not only literal but figurative. If you don't want to go with the pocket watch, a standard watch or clock can also carry the same significance.

Nurses are on their feet for hours at a time, so it’s understandable why so many of them are rather picky when it comes to finding shoes that are comfortable and good for their feet. Yet for some reason, many of them could care less what socks they wear. Compression socks have always been great for reducing soreness and swelling, but they haven’t always been the most stylish. That’s not the case with these fun, EKG-themed socks. This is a gift that not only looks good, but it will do wonders for their feet. They’ll definitely thank you for this one.

This is after wearing this sock for one hour. They’re long and reach to my knees. I’m 5’8” and have long legs. There’s also a good arch support. I have high arches and can feel the pressure from the sock. If I am on my feet AT ALL during the day, my left ankle swells. It doesn’t hurt really. Just gets ugly. (Did I mention, I’m a klutz?) I just got these today. I already love them!
My favorite thing I received for my nursing graduation was jewelry because it didn't represent anything clinical or "nursey." It was just a genuine congratulations gift that gives me warm feelings when ever I wear it. Nursing-related items are fun, but having a piece of jewelry that lasts and reminds her of her achievement is a very thoughtful gift too.
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.  ">
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A busy nurse won’t have had much time for new experiences. So give her a gift that brings plenty of them. She may not yet have any definite plans for her retirement, so introduce her to some possible options. Would she relish the chance to learn to fly? Does she long to become a salsa dancer? Does travel to an exotic country feature in her future plans? Sign her up for some foreign language classes. Retirement is also going to bring her plenty of time to enjoy leisurely lunches, so buy her some gift coupons for her favorite restaurants or coffee shops.
After 2-4 years of tuition, textbooks, little to no income, and potential debt, cash is always great. Besides, cash (or check), is often a standard for most graduates. How much cash should you give? That completely depends on your relationship with the person, and your own financial means. If they are a son/daughter or best friend, you’ll probably give more. If they are a distant relative or acquaintance, probably less. $20-50 is usually acceptable for distant relationships, while $50-100 is usually a good range if you are closer. For very special people, there is no limit.
Getting something a nurse needs and will use every day is a great idea. If you buy something like a stethoscope or nursing shoes, you can be sure they will get plenty of use out of it. You can also consider getting an item that will help them with clinical judgment and critical thinking. A great book like Becoming Nursey, The Nerdy Nurse’s Guide to Technology, or The Nurse’s Guide to Blogging would be a good choice. We wrote a whole post on practical gifts for nurses if you want some more ideas.
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After taking finals and graduating, the recent grad will likely have a lot of stress and tension built up. You could always buy them a day of relaxation. You could contact local spas, or treat them to manicure or whatever else you think they’d enjoy. Also, since they may be doing a lot of job interviews, you could always schedule them to get their hair done, and other beauty pampering. Of course, this not only applies to female grads—males would still enjoy a nice massage.
Nurses, you truly are angels in disguise. In the most trying times and stressful circumstances, you are compassionate, kind, wise, and patient beyond measure. But let’s be real. All that self-sacrifice must give you daydreams of hijacking some gurneys and pushing each other straight to Mexico for vacation. Well, put back the gurneys and pick up this Coloring Book for Grown-Ups instead! With each page you color, feel the exhaustion and stress melt away like so many ocean waves and margaritas.
Finding the right gift for any person (especially if they are nurses) is not as easy as we would like it to be. It often takes a lot of time and research in order to find the right present that other person will enjoy. This is especially true when it comes to buying a gift for nurses. Fortunately, there are plenty of great ideas that will make this gift season memorable for your nurse friend. That being said, let’s take a look at the list of the best 40+ nursing gift ideas you can buy for a nurse:

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. 
Jon Haws RN began his nursing career at a Level I Trauma ICU in DFW working as a code team nurse, charge nurse, and preceptor. Frustrated with the nursing education process, Jon started NRSNG in 2014 with a desire to provide tools and confidence to nursing students around the globe. When he's not busting out content for NRSNG, Jon enjoys spending time with his two kids and wife. ">
We are yet to find a water bottle or travel mug that matches up to a Hydro Flask. It can keep your water cold for up to 24 hours, and your coffee hot for up to 6 hours – that’s pretty tough to beat. Not to mention it’s very durable and safe, has several different caps that can be used, and does not present any condensation on the outside of the bottle. $28 may seem like a lot for a water bottle, but it’s worth every penny. ">
A watch (wristwatch or fob, engraving optional). Let’s face it, nurses pretty much need to use a watch for many things, from checking respirations and heart rates to documenting time. Furthermore, a watch is useful for practical, everyday time management. So surprise the nurse in your life with a really nice one, this watch from Timex is one of our favorites! 
A unique gift I have received and given as a gift many times, is the Humanity Bracelet. It can be purchased in pewter, sterling or gold. It has seven, two sided links with the virtues: Loyalty, Unity, Passion, Joy, Kindness, Humor, Hope, Courage, Love, Trust, Honor, Family, Truth and Charity engraved on the links. 'Google' Humanity Bracelet for a variety of sites. The bracelet is a unique keepsake.
There are some gifts that are a little more universal. For example, any nurse would likely appreciate a thoughtful card and a nice double walled vacuum sealed mug. I mean, who doesn’t drink water? And even if they already have one, it’s always nice to have one you can keep at home and one you can take on the go. I have 3, myself. One of the office, one for the car, and one at home.
Nurses: they’ve been saving lives, taking pulses and caring for others since the beginning of time. Honor the hard work and dedication of the Florence Nightingales in your life by wishing them a happy Nurses Day on May 6 or anytime during National Nurse Week, May 6-12.  Nurses Day raises awareness of the important role nurses have in everyone’s life. From Nurse Midwives to Nurse Practitioners to Registered Nurses, show those superheroes in scrubs just how appreciated they are with Nurses Day cards that celebrate their career or thank them for their care. Want to know just what to write in it? We’ll help you say it in just the right way. And gifts for nurses are always appreciated, especially gifts that make their job just a little bit easier—like a travel mug, soothing hand cream or a fancy pen.  A wood quote sign or figurine about nursing also makes a great nursing graduation gift. Be sure to give your nursing appreciation gift the right finishing touch with our selection of gift wrap perfect for the occasion. Want to know more? Check out our article on the history of Nurses Day, then go out and tell all the nurses you know: they’re the balm!
If you're looking to go the classic and traditional route it doesn't get much better than the gold pocket watch. This is a classic gift because it is supposed to symbolize the time the person has spent working. The passage of time is not only literal but figurative. If you don't want to go with the pocket watch, a standard watch or clock can also carry the same significance.
After three months of heavy use, this bag is still in perfect condition -- and I'm very hard on my bags. It looks just like the picture, and is surprisingly sturdy for the price. I've gotten a ton of compliments on it! Just make sure to check the dimensions before ordering, as it's a little small for a messenger bag -- somewhere between a purse and a netbook bag. ">
Just had an idea, not sure if it's suitable for you, but if she's expressed an interest in a review course for NCLEX and is hesitating over cost, maybe a home-made coupon that offers to pay for the course of her choice? Keep in mind they go for up to a few hundred bucks, but might be a good gift for those so inclined. Get the money worry out of the way. ">
Celebrate years of hard work and the end of a long career—as well as the beginning of more relaxing free time—with retirement greeting cards and retirement gifts. Whether the retiree is planning on more travel, more golf or more time with their grandchildren, you'll find great retirement gift ideas at Hallmark. The best retirement gifts come from the heart and may depend on your relationship with the retiree. Think about their hobbies and future plans. Inspirational books and movies are always popular retirement gifts as well. ">
Speaking from someone who is graduating on Sat- I would tell people to give her $$$$$$$$$$$$ if they want to give her something. I know it isn't very specific or unique to nurses but if she is in a similar situation as I am-she probably needs the cash! Even though I have worked all through school, I am completely broke and am praying relatives will give me cash because even though I have a job lined up -the soonest they will let me start is the 13th of may. So there you have it-a nice thoughtful card with some greenbacks would be a beautiful gift for a new grad to recieve. And maybe a gift cert-for some nice new scrubs!
“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.” ">
Tired of the pace and noise of life near London and longing for a better place to raise their young children, Mary J. MacLeod (known to all as Julia) and her husband encountered their dream while vacationing on a remote island in the Scottish Hebrides. Enthralled by its windswept beauty, they soon were the proud owners of a near-derelict croft house—a farmer’s stone cottage—on “a small acre” of land. Mary assumed duties as the island’s district nurse. Call the Nurse is her account of the first enchanted years she and her family spent there, coming to know its folk as both patients and friends. ">
Nurses: they’ve been saving lives, taking pulses and caring for others since the beginning of time. Honor the hard work and dedication of the Florence Nightingales in your life by wishing them a happy Nurses Day on May 6 or anytime during National Nurse Week, May 6-12.  Nurses Day raises awareness of the important role nurses have in everyone’s life. From Nurse Midwives to Nurse Practitioners to Registered Nurses, show those superheroes in scrubs just how appreciated they are with Nurses Day cards that celebrate their career or thank them for their care. Want to know just what to write in it? We’ll help you say it in just the right way. And gifts for nurses are always appreciated, especially gifts that make their job just a little bit easier—like a travel mug, soothing hand cream or a fancy pen.  A wood quote sign or figurine about nursing also makes a great nursing graduation gift. Be sure to give your nursing appreciation gift the right finishing touch with our selection of gift wrap perfect for the occasion. Want to know more? Check out our article on the history of Nurses Day, then go out and tell all the nurses you know: they’re the balm!
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