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This film…I could watch it over and over again! This is truly a treasure for the nursing profession. In the American Nurse Project, the director, Carolyn Jones, captures the passion of several nurses as she shares their unique stories. This year, at Nursing Management Congress, I actually got to meet Miss Jones, which was such a highlight for me. The book is on my wish list this December – I’ll keep you posted if I receive it! Think about sharing this film with all nurses who are passionate about the care they provide and the people they touch.
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Lastly, you could always order flowers or balloons and send to your recent nursing school graduate as a gift, and this will be a great way to show them you care. I listed this one last because, although it is very thoughtful and creative, flowers quickly die and balloons deflate. But it is still a wonderful option if you can’t think of anything else, and some people LOVE flowers, while others are more practical and would prefer to have a gift that will last more than a day or so.
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).
Now this is a subscription box we can get behind. This one will be delivered once a season (just four times a year!) so she’ll really look forward to getting what’s inside! It comes with 8-10 full sized top-notch products in the fitness, health, beauty, and lifestyle categories that are valued at over $200. We love that it’s not travel size stuff! Learn more about your buying options here.
In addition to the traditional gifts of stethoscopes and pen lights, here are a few of my favorite items that you may want to consider gifting to the nurses in your life. This past fall I spent some time reading recent books by some of my favorite nurse authors and I really enjoyed them. I’ve also already shared my strong feelings about a certain documentary, but I have to include it here on this list too. Take a look…
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There's books designed especially for the new nurse, quick reference guides and such: maybe a gift certificate to a large bookstore with a card that tells her to buy such a book for herself? Better than choosing the wrong one, and I love when someone has thought enough to tell me that's what they want for me, and I should choose A friend did that for me specifically for NON-nursing books: she said I had spent so long staring at textbooks, the Barnes and Noble giftcard was ONLY to be used on paperback fiction! Loved that. ">
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! ">
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.
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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.
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. ">
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!
Waterproof and durable these (set of 2) tiles allow you to easily find your keys, your smartphone, or anything that you attach it to. You can even see it on a map where and when you left your prized belongings behind! This is perfect for the nurse who may be lacking sleep and, well, could use a little help finding their misplaces keys and whatnot.
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.
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.