The holidays are about appreciating family, friends and everything in your life! As a patient, this is a perfect time to say thank you to that nurse who made all the difference during your stay. A nurse is responsible for up to six patients at a time, each day. This can be a difficult work load on anyone. As the holidays approach, remind a nurse that they’re special!
These are the top ways to say “thank you,” to a nurse this holiday season! (Or each and everyday!)
1. A simple act of appreciation is to give your nurse a thank you card! It doesn’t need to be a mushy card, or it can be, just a simple card that shows you appreciate all their hard work that they did for you!
2. This is something respectful and a way to show thank you: remember your nurse’s name. Even if you can’t remember his or her name, ask politely. After this, you can thank him or her for being there for you and helping you heal!
3. On a day-to-day basis, a nurse handles a large amount of tasks from taking care of their patients to recording all documents and more. The hospital room or clinical can have hectic, crazy days just like any other business can have. However, these people are in charge of lives. If you ask your nurse for something, give them some time to bring it back. If you ask on the status of your procedure, where your doctor is or any other major questions, give them time to figure it out. If your nurse continues to fill your ice, makes sure you’re comfortable and more all during your stay, be appreciative.
4. Caffeine is one of the things nurses live off of! A 12 hour shift saving and helping lives means concentration is needed. Ask the nurse what their favorite coffee is or any other kind of caffeine. A simple cup of coffee or soda can make anyone smile, especially a nurse.
5. A nurse is tasked with taking care of patients who stay in the hospital for hours, days and months. If you were once a long term patient, stop by and say hello to your nurse! They were responsible for your well-being during your stay and want to know how you’re doing! Even add in there that they helped you heal and how thankful for them you are, brownie points.
6. If a nurse is relaying messages from your doctor, please don’t get upset. There is only so much a nurse has control over and your specialists or doctors requests are out of their control. A nurse can help you adjust for these changes after discharge. A new diet, lifestyle or ending a habit will never be easy, but your nurse will be there to help you along the way!
7. A group of nurses interviewed stated that great pens were a simple way to show gratitude! Yes, a set of nice pens is another simple way to say thank you to a nurse. It’s the little things in life.
8. A small homemade treat, snack or even dinner could be a simple way to say thank you! It’s important to try to ask your nurse if they have any allergies and start up some small talk.
9. A nurse deals with lots of patients with many different emotions. No matter what, try to show gratitude during your stay.
10. At the end of the day, a simple thank you and a smile will be enough! Everything listed above is all extra and isn’t always necessary. A simple smile, hug or handshake with a thank you can be exactly what a nurse needs to hear.
No matter the time of year, these are always great options to show a nurse your appreciate them! A “thank you,” will suffice, but these other tips can show gratitude and appreciation even more.
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