We know what you’re thinking…”why on earth would anyone want to wear wool socks at work!?” Hey, we thought so too, until we tried a pair. These lightweight, breathable socks are super-comfortable, colorful, breathable, durable, and best of all, you can throw them in the washer! For someone who is on his or her feet for 12 hours at a stretch, these are like pure gold dust, trust us. 

If finding gifts for nurses leaves you scratching your head every time, this is the gift list for you. No tacky mugs, no tween cartoon “theme” memorabilia – this list is comprised of the unabashedly stylish, the unquestionably pragmatic, and some surprisingly affordable kinds of gifts that you can not only be proud to give, but that you might actually be happy to receive as well. 

It’s an honor to be a preceptor. I love taking a new nurse, or a student nurse, under my wing and teaching them the ropes of nursing. And while I find great joy in teaching, I also find it incredibly stressful. Not that the new nurse isn’t smart, they are. It’s just a stressful job, and it’s very fast-paced, which means that it’s easy to fall behind and it’s easy to miss something. I have a routine, one I know that works well for me and my patients and keeps me in check throughout the day. If I have to hand over some of the responsibility to a newbie, or slow my pace down to explain something, it’s much easier to overlook something important, or fall behind and have to stay at work charting until 9pm. Not to mention, it’s my license that is on the line. 

How about some thing for the ward? Craft items or washable toys for the play room. A mug set for the parents room? My daughter was admitted to a hospital in Manchester for an emergency operation to save her leg. The staff told me that a lot of the kids came with no clothes or toiletries so me and my friends clubbed together and donated 2 bin bags of various clothes, a ps2 and games and tooth brushes, tooth paste etc. Sometimes it's the basic things that mean the most xx

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Consider championing a proactive approach at your facility to clearly communicate that staff are not allowed to receive monetary gifts or the equivalent. Create a statement—e.g., “It is our policy that staff may not accept gifts of any kind”— that can be shared with new patients in their information packet about the facility, parking, visitors, etc, and suggest alternatives for redirecting gifts.
Help your nurse friend achieve a healthier body by giving her a basket filled with exercise essentials, like a yoga mat and a pair of exercise gloves. You can also include DVDs and magazines to help inspire her to finally start working out if she hasn’t started yet. Don’t forget to add a water bottle. It can keep her hydrated whether she’s in the gym or hospital. ">
Why are wanting to get this nurse a gift? They type of gift you purchase for them may be largely impacted by the reason for the gift. If you are buying a retirement gift for a nurse, then you might look for something like a nurse figurine, as a stethoscope would be pretty useless to a retired nurse. However, a stethoscope would be a perfect gift for a nurse graduate. Or maybe you’re a nursing student looking for the perfect gift for a nursing instructor. A thoughtful piece of nurse wall art to hang in their office or a cute nurse coffee mug would likely do the trick.
I'd make either bags of Chex Mix or Hidden Valley Ranch oyster crackers-also wonderful if you have any diabetics in the group! My children's teachers loved getting Chex Mix from them each Christmas! Even little jars or cups (try Good Will for unusual ones!) filled with hard candy or fudge would be fun! Tie them with a fancy ribbon and bow and you're good to go!
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