Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Gifts for providers

Today I received a potted flower of hyacinths from a patient of mine. I helped to deliver her baby over a month ago. They are gorgeous and smell amazing and it was really thoughtful of her. As I held her sweet newborn boy I was reminded of the precious gifts that are given to us on this earth.
I also wanted to touch on the topic of gifts for providers, nurses, or anyone else that may have taken care of you during your time of pregnancy, labor, delivery, and beyond.

The most obvious answer of what to give is food. When you are in the hospital those night shift nurses loved an evening pizza, or bagels in the wee hours of the morning. Cookies or brownies or a home made treat are amazing at any time of the day or night.
Remember, we are NOT expecting these gifts. These gifts are unexpected and sweet and while, yes, it is our job and we will take care of you no matter if you bring us gifts of not, it is such a highlight to our day/shift/ week if someone does recognize that we provided great care.

Not in the situation to bring a gift? Write a simple note and leave it behind. Most hospitals have a program in place where they recognize nurses who have been praised by patients. It is an amazing thing to see a sweet note- it lasts longer than cookies.

What suggestions do you have for a thank you gift for someone who treated you well?

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