The Standard (St. Catharines)

7 WAYS TO SAY THANK YOU TO A NURSE

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1. SEND A HANDWRITTE­N THANK YOU

NOTE

When almost all of our written communicat­ions are either texts or email, a thoughtful handwritte­n note has special meaning. Someone taking the time to express their gratitude with a handwritte­n note is something nurses will always appreciate. It’s an easy way to show them how deeply you value all that they do.

2. SMALL GIFTS

Stuffed animals, coffee mugs, and colourful pins, charms, or decoration­s, are just some of the options that will give your favourite nurse a smile. No matter the value, as long as it comes with your sincere thanks, they’ll appreciate the gesture.

3. CANDIES AND CHOCOLATE

When it comes to a gift for someone you don’t know well, you really can’t go wrong with a box of chocolates or some candy they can indulge in during their break. Sugar is one of those ubiquitous gifts that tell them how sweet you think they are.

4. SEND FLOWERS

Flower arrangemen­ts are another great way to show nurses how much you appreciate their hard work and dedication. If you want to thank a team of nurses, it’s something they can all appreciate at their central nursing station or in the break room. Hydrangeas and roses symbolize thankfulne­ss, gratitude, and admiration, so they make a great choice, but when it comes to sending flowers, they’re sure to appreciate any colourful blooms to brighten their day.

5. CAFFEINE

Nurses tend to work long shifts, sometimes 12 hours or more, so caffeine is often the fuel that gets them through those endless days and nights. A gift card from a local coffee shop is a great option because they can get exactly what they like, plus it’s easy to send a gift card through email.

6. OFFER A DISCOUNT

If you’re the proprietor of a local restaurant, retail store, or service, offering nurses a discount for something they can use is a personaliz­ed way to say how much you value their work.

7. SAY THANK YOU

Even just saying the words “thank you” can go a long way to brightenin­g a nurse’s day. It’s hard for us to imagine how heroic and resilient nurses have had to be since the start of the pandemic. Acknowledg­ing their immense efforts can mean a lot to a nurse who’s struggling through a busy shift.

National Nursing Week is a time to reflect on the incalculab­le contributi­on of nurses and to raise awareness regarding the many challenges they face.

One of the best ways to pay tribute to nurses it to follow government regulation­s during the third wave of the pandemic. As COVID-19 continues to affect our lives, it’s more important than ever to support and protect nurses and the vital role they play in our healthcare system.

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