How to thank a nurse this holiday season

How to thank a nurse this holiday season

  • Posted On : 11/20/2019 8:29 AM

Nurses are always there for us during the good and the bad times! These professionals work endlessly to help provide the best care to all of their patients. Raise your hand if a nurse has positively impacted your life at any moment? More than likely, we can all raise our hands, and because of this, we can make a difference in a nurse’s life with a simple thank you. 

Here are six ways to thank a nurse this holiday season. 
 

1. A note 

A simple and kind way to thank a nurse is a hand-written note, postcard or letter. A number of patients can say that a nurse positively changed their life in several ways from helping them regain strength and health or saved a loved one’s life. No matter the reason, a small token of appreciation goes a long way. 

Not sure what to write on said note? These examples will help you get started! 

2. Small talk 

There is copious amounts of research out there that speaks about nursing burnout in the healthcare industry. In the National Nursing Engagement Report their research was based on 2,000 healthcare partners dealing with nursing burnout. The research shows that 41 percent of nurses feel unengaged with patients and 50 percent report feeling burnt out. 

A nurse is a selfless person who is constantly working to help others, and because of this, a shortage of staff is happening in the industry. How can a patient help their nurse? Small talk. It is really the smallest of things. The first thing to do is remember or ask their name and depending on the length of your stay, remember the small details. 

3. Caffeine is life! 

A nurse works a minimum of 12 hour shifts at a time. Not many nurses can get through a 16 hours shift without some type of caffeine. Not all nurses drink coffee, but always ask what their favorite drink is from coffee to soda! 

4. Ask questions 

A nurse is there to be helpful, comfort you  and get you back home as soon as possible. If there is a question, ask it in a polite manner! This is the time to politely ask if there was something missed such as an appointment, MRI scheduled and other notions. 

5. Nursing supplies 

This might be a harder gift, but a group of nurses were interviewed and one of the biggest items they wanted was a nice pen! Yes, pens! A simple gesture that anyone would appreciate. Along with this, one can buy compression socks, stethoscope, water bottles, coffee mugs, notepads and other commonly used items. 

6. Go see them! 

Have a handwritten note or thank you note? How about some snacks and coffee? Give it to the nurse who improved your health by stopping to see them in person. This is a moment to let them know the impact that they made on you during your stay and afterwards! At the end of the day, it is all about saying thank you and showing gratitude! 


These are six important ways to thank a nurse each and everyday of the year, not just during the holidays!

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