Nursing Corner: Gifts from patients
The other day we had Telemetry and ICU nurses float down to the ER to help us out because we were short. One of the nurses was saying that she loved it when patients brought her gifts.
“Gifts? From patients?” I said with my mouth wide open in amazement.
In my ER nursing career I have only been the recipient of 4 gifts in 4 years:
1. The largest sized starbucks caramel drink imaginable: One of my patient’s wives went out and bought a drink for each of the 3 health care providers that were caring for her husband. It was delicious for the 1 minute that it took me to down it. She didn’t even ask us if we wanted it, she just went out and bought it; we were all pleasantly surprised. Had she asked, I would have said no to be polite.
2. Box of chocolates: after helping to successfully resuscitate a man whose heart stopped and wasn’t breathing, he and his wife returned several weeks later with chocolates and a thank you card for the staff who cared for him. The most amazing part of it was that he WALKED into the ER! Amazing 😉
3. Cupcakes: It’s becoming more evident that the way to a nurses’ heart is through our stomach! We were delighted when a couple who ran a bakery dropped off 2 dozen of their delicious cupcakes for us. My favorite was the red velvet.
4. Persian food: This was incredible. It was about 1am and I was getting off of work in about 2 hours and the patient’s family members brought in trays of tasty persian food including pita bread, rice, chicken and meat for the entire night crew.
Back to my story, the telemetry nurse was saying that they regularly received gifts such as chocolates, food, flowers and starbucks drinks (gifts that can usually be shared by the staff)….as in a weekly basis. I obviously don’t do this job to receive anything besides my pay, however, it does sting a little bit to feel that that the floor nurses are appreciated more.
Questions for you: Have you ever received a gift from a patient, customer or client? What was it? If you are a floor or ER nurse, what has been your experiences with gifts? Have you ever given a gift or card to a nurse that has taken care of you?