Great Gifts for Nurses
Great Gifts for Nurses and Other Healthcare Professionals
Florence Nightingale's birthday is celebrated on May 12th of each year. Bet you didn't even know there was a day for Nurses. It has been celebrated since 1965 to rememberer all of the contributions and sacrifices nurses make to society. As if we need a reason to celebrate. Every day we walk out the doors of that hospital to our home is a reason to celebrate.
Nurses volunteer their time and skills to the community on a regular basis. Nurses are continually educated to stay abreast of advances in medicine. They work on the frontline directly responsible for patient care and outcome.
Nurse Essentials: Number One
There some things that nurses must have to perform their duties whether in the office or with direct patient care. Number one, functional, comfortable, and stain resistant scrubs. Some facilities and offices require a certain style or color of scrub there are thousands of styles and colors to choose from.
Number two, a warm up, sweater or jacket with big pockets. Nurses need those pockets for all the things that we need to perform the gozillion things that are required during a shift. One of my students once asked me why I had so many pens. She soon found out after a couple of hours why so many pens are necessary.
Number three a watch with a second hand. Whether you work in a doctor's office or in a critical care unit. You must have a watch with a second hand, or digital watch with the seconds on it. Why you ask? Critical care nurses have all those fancy machines to do the work but in an emergency those machines can lie. Taking a manual pulse and a manual blood pressure is a must.
Inspiration, whether it's through religion, or through each other. Nurses need inspiration. Each one of us can tell you what inspires us to do what we do. We all have our personal stories, and beliefs. Sometimes we have a really hard time trying to remember why we became Nurses. Nursing is a very complex, draining and highly specialized field. The sense of personal pride and accomplishment sometimes fall by the wayside as we aren't treated as though we are as educated and skilled as we really are. But I know there is always something that draws us back day after day. We have a fighting spirit and be damned if anyone should try to take that away. What hurts us usually only makes us stronger.
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