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. ">
The symbolic white coat is no longer reserved for physicians! Though historically lab coats have only been worn by physicians, today more and more nurses are embracing high-quality medical lab coats to complete their professional look. With custom name and title embroidery, they can show off their nursing credentials and wear their white coat with pride. Opt for a lab coat made with performance fabrics, which will repel fluids, wick away sweat, and are generally lower-maintenance and have greater durability.
Stiff offers a morbid yet entertaining look into the “curious lives of human cadavers”.  I read the entire book on a flight as I was unable to put it down.  The book makes a wonderful gift for nursing students who have already taken Anatomy and Physiology as they are able to see the entire cycle of the bodies they learned on . . . I think it enstills a new appreciation.

A keepsake box. A nurse’s job is full of ups and downs. Why not provide something to remember the ups? A simple box filled with encouraging notes from family and friends can go a long way in cheering someone up. Even better, nurses often get cards and letters from patients that they’ve helped. They can continue to store happy notes in this box, making it the gift that keeps on giving. Provide the nurse in your life with a box filled with positive and heartwarming messages that she can open after a long, stressful day. Here is one of our favorites, we especially love the quote! 
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. 
The best retirement gift will depend on the recipient's interests and personality as well as your relationship. You might look for a keepsake or ornament, or a book that offers personal, legal or financial guidance on navigating the next stage of their life. Another approach is to buy them something they can use for a hobby or interest they'll now have more time for, such as golf. Movies also make great retirement gifts.
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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. ">

Certified Nurses Day™ is March 19th and National Nurses Week is May 6-12. Celebrate, recognize, appreciate, and inspire your nursing staff with meaningful, budget-friendly appreciation gifts from Positive Promotions! You'll find so many wonderful ways to honor your dedicated nurses, nursing assistants, and Certified Nursing Assistants for choosing a career in caring and taking on challenging work. Our outstanding nurse appreciation gifts include lunch bags, tote bags, nurse mugs and cups, premium apparel, pens, outdoor items, lapel pins, and more. Shop today to salute their efforts, maintain enthusiasm, and just say "thank you" for the comfort and support they provide every day. ">


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.

If you’re standing for more than 6 hours per day, your legs and feet undergo a lot of physical stress. Compression socks help alleviate the strain, prevent you from swelling up and keep from blood collecting in the lower extremities. We recommend compression socks by Nurse Mates, which come in a variety of styles including Cause for a Cure, a great way for a nurse to show her moral support. ">
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 someone that has been interested in buying your favorite nurse a stethoscope, but don’t know which one they’d like this stethoscope makes for a very thoughtful gift that any nurse is sure to appreciate whether they’re a graduate nursing student, just starting out in their career or are simply in need of a new stethoscope, but haven’t had a chance to get one. ">
Something cozy for the home. A soft blanket, a tea collection, candles, a really luxurious pillow -- these are all gifts that will nurture the nurturer when times get tough. Nurses work long shifts that can often be stressful and taxing; help them relax after work and fall asleep in a comforting environment. There are even gift subscription boxes for things like candles and tea, allowing you to make relaxation a monthly present. Help your nurse’s home become a retreat after a long day spent selflessly serving others.
Your first 100 days at a new job could be daunting—unless you go in prepared. First Year Nurse places the wisdom and warnings of hundreds of experienced nurses right at your fingertips. You’ll learn all about how to start off on the right foot, plan and prioritize, communicate with your colleagues, cope with challenging patients, keep your energy up (and stress down), and set a course for professional growth. Best of all, you’ll be inspired by the compassion, insight, and enthusiasm you’ll find on every page of this charming, helpful book. 

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. ">
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 best retirement gift will depend on the recipient's interests and personality as well as your relationship. You might look for a keepsake or ornament, or a book that offers personal, legal or financial guidance on navigating the next stage of their life. Another approach is to buy them something they can use for a hobby or interest they'll now have more time for, such as golf. Movies also make great retirement gifts.
Do you have a favorite nurse that will soon be retiring? Is there a family member that will soon be ending her nursing career? Do you have a favorite co-worker who will be retiring in the very near future? After a lengthy career, this person will be looking forward to retirement, and you want to give her a gift that has meaning and value. And you most definitely don’t want it to be the kind of gift that spends its life sat at the back of a drawer.
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