How to show a nurse you care

Edmonton Journal - - NATIONAL NURSING WEEK -

Nurses are of­ten the first peo­ple pa­tients see when vis­it­ing hos­pi­tals.

Nurses fill many roles in the med­i­cal com­mu­nity, as­sist­ing doc­tors and help­ing to make in-pa­tient stays more com­fort­able for men and women who are ill or in­jured. Spe­cial­ized nurses, such as nurse prac­ti­tion­ers, may even serve as the pri­mary health­care provider, of­fer­ing di­ag­noses and writ­ing pre­scrip­tions.

While there is a spe­cific week set aside to show ap­pre­ci­a­tion to nurses, many peo­ple agree they de­serve recog­ni­tion through­out the year. Any in­stance is a good time to give back to nurses, and the fol­low­ing are a few ways to hon­our the nurses in your life.

Play care­taker to him or her: Nurses tend to the needs of oth­ers all the time, but some nurses do not get the respite they de­serve. Those who want to show ap­pre­ci­a­tion to a nurse who has helped them in their lives can present the nurse with a gift card for a mas­sage and sooth­ing spa treat­ment.

Cater a meal: Of­fer to cater a meal at the hos­pi­tal or med­i­cal of­fice so all nurses on staff can ben­e­fit. If there is one nurse in par­tic­u­lar you want to treat, give that nurse a gift card to a nearby restau­rant.

Pro­vide foot re­lief: Nurses spend hours on their feet, and that can cause pain or stiff­ness through­out the body. Present a gift card to a store that spe­cial­izes in com­fort shoes or cus­tom or­thotics. A cer­tifi­cate for a pedi­cure or foot mas­sage would no doubt be ap­pre­ci­ated as well.

Cre­ate a charmed ex­is­tence: Charm bracelets are the rage right now, and nurses may ap­pre­ci­ate a bracelet that high­lights their career path with spe­cific charms. For some­thing they can wear on the job, treat nurses to a Steth-o-Charm, which is a charm that slides se­curely onto stetho­scopes. These charms come in many de­signs and can make for a mem­o­rable gift.

Give a dec­o­ra­tive badge reel: Nurses must wear iden­ti­fi­ca­tion or have swipe cards on their per­son to gain ac­cess to ar­eas of hos­pi­tals. Many badges are stan­dard items with­out any flare or style. A colour­ful or dec­o­ra­tive badge reel can be a nice way to brighten up a nurse’s day.

Give ver­bal or hand­writ­ten thanks. One of the eas­i­est and most heart­felt ways to show your ap­pre­ci­a­tion to nurses is to sim­ply tell them how you feel. Of­fer a hand­writ­ten note or speak with a nurse in per­son. Such a sim­ple gesture does not take much ef­fort, but it is bound to make an im­pact.

Metro Cre­ative Con­neC­tion

Nurses bring smiles to the faces of their pa­tients. Find out how you can show your ap­pre­ci­a­tion and gar­ner a few smiles in re­turn.

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