Help a brand new nurse get started out with a gift that will make the whole transition to full-time nursing that little bit easier.
Getting through nursing school takes a lot of hard work and perseverance.
So, coming out the other end is a definite cause for celebration.
As you can finally ditch the textbooks, stop worrying about exams, and forget about attending endless lectures.
However, qualification is just the beginning of the nursing journey.
As you then become a new full-time nurse which brings a whole new set of challenges and pitfalls.
So, why not help a freshly qualified nurse embark on their new career with a useful gift that can help them on their rounds.
Or maybe get them something that will allow them to look after themselves when it comes time to clock off.
As you'll find ideas in the following list of gifts for newly qualified nurses that can do both of these things nicely.
1. 3M Littmann Classic III Stethoscope
When you picture a nurse or doctor in your head you'll probably imagine them with a stethoscope hanging around their neck.
And there's a good reason for this.
Because this is an absolutely essential tool to be able to accurately assess and evaluate a patients condition.
As the stethoscope amplifies the body's internal sounds, meaning your nurse can listen out for any irregularities in your breathing, heartbeat and bowel function.
So, it's important that they use a high quality and reliable stethoscope to be able to do their job properly.
And given that most hospitals require their nurses to supply and use their own stethoscopes, getting a freshly qualified nurse their first one is the ideal gift idea.
So, for a top drawer stethoscope that won't let them down in their new job you should consider the Littmann Classic III.
As this one has great sound quality meaning they won't miss a thing during patient examinations.
And they are really comfortable in the ears too which is important as they'll be using them frequently every day.
2. BATCLIP Leather Stethoscope Holder
While the image of a nurse with a stethoscope around their neck is a true one, this can cause problems over time.
As the rubber tubing can begin to dry out, crack and deteriorate from the oils in your neck.
Meaning you will need to replace expensive stethoscopes more regularly than you should have to.
So, a gift that can help a nurse get longer usage from stethoscope is a stethoscope holder such as the BATCLIP.
This was designed by an ER physician who was sick and tired of losing and damaging their own stethoscopes.
So, they created this leather holder that clips onto the waistband of scrubs and holds the stethoscope safely in place and away from anything that could damage it.
And it works perfectly with the Littmann Classic III stethoscope if you want to combine them into a really useful gift package for a new nurse.
3. EMT Trauma Shears With Carabiner
Another essential item that a nurse will use daily and can't do without is a good pair of bandage scissors.
These are different to regular scissors in that they are angled to allow them to slide underneath the patients bandage but without touching or cutting their skin.
And they have a serrated edge which is perfect for cutting through thick bandages, dressings and tape with ease.
So, getting a new nurse their first pair of bandage scissors is a cool little gift and you won't go wrong with the EMT Trauma Shears with carabiner.
As these are professional grade medical scissors that are sharp enough to cut through what you need to first time.
Plus they have a clip that means you can attach them to your waistband or pocket so you don't lose them.
And being the standard size required by most hospitals (7.5 inches) they are ideal for nurses in the ER.
4. Lumintop Penlight
A penlight is another invaluable tool for a nurse to have in their scrubs pocket as they're carrying out their rounds.
As not only do they allow them to check a patients pupils for activity and examine their mouth and throat.
They are also handy for finding things in drawers and checking papers and charts on wards during a night shift.
However, not just any penlight will do as you need one with a low LED light so it doesn't damage the patients eyes.
And one that is designed for medical professionals so does this well is the Lumintop penlight.
Because it has a low LED setting of only 1.5 lumens which is a good level for shining into patients eyes.
And there are higher settings too for other tasks that require more light and less sensitivity.
5. WhiteCoat Folding Clipboard For Nurses
Carrying a clipboard around with you all day when you're a nursing student or first time nurse can get old real quickly.
However, you will need to do it as you'll be taking notes and referring to your nursing charts throughout the day.
So, a gift idea that nurses will absolutely love is a folding clipboard like this one from WhiteCoat.
As this one folds up nicely to fit into the pocket of your scrubs.
Which frees your hands up for more important tasks as you do your rounds.
While always having your notes on hand and a hard surface to write on at hand.
And this folding clipboard is especially good as it's the nursing edition.
Meaning it comes with reference charts containing the medical information nurses will use on a daily basis such as lab values, injection sites and pain scales.
Perfect for a new nurse learning the ropes.
6. A Gift Card For Scrubs
Nurses will go through plenty of sets of scrubs in a year as they are liable to take a bit of a hammering.
And they usually have to buy their own which can leave them out of pocket with nurses wages not being the highest to start with.
So, a gift card for scrubs at their local uniform supplier store will be a really well received gift.
As it's soul destroying spending your hard earned wages on things like a uniform for work!
7. Speidel Scrubs Watch
Nurses need to have a watch with them on their rounds and not just to see how long they've got until they can clock off.
Because being able to time things accurately is vital when caring for a patient.
As this allows the nurse to check the patients vitals such as breathing rhythm and pulse rate.
And it also helps them keep track on when to give out medication and to mark the time accurately on the patients charts.
So, a watch made for nurses would be a top gift idea and the Speidel scrubs watch would be my choice.
As this one has a flexible rubber wristband that is comfortable, water-resistant, easy to clean, and comes in many colours to match in with your scrubs.
And it has a clearly visible red second hand and easy to read face that makes timing examinations a breeze.
While the hour and minute hands are luminous and will glow in the dark, making this a great watch to wear on a night shift too.
8. Innovo Fingertip Pulse Oximeter
Testing a patients oxygen to blood levels and heart rate by placing an pulse oximeter on their finger is something a nurse will do as part of their regular checks.
This tells them how well the oxygen is being sent around the patients body and alerts them to any potential problems.
And nearly every hospital will have their own equipment that the nurses will use to do this.
However, this may mean having to wait for the wards oximeter to become available or running around trying to find it.
So, it can be really handy to have your own pulse oximeter in your scrubs pocket as a nurse to use instead.
Which makes one of these a nice little gift and a good one to go for is the Innovo fingertip pulse oximeter.
As this is acurrate, reliable, and will alert you if you're not taking the readings correctly.
9. Comfy Shoes
Being on your feet for a whole 12-hour shift day after day is seriously hard work for nurses.
And it can really take a toll on their feet, toes and ankles after a while.
So, a gift they will absolutely love you forever for is a pair of super comfy and supportive shoes that they can wear around the ward.
As not only will this ward off sore feet, it can also make life easier on their ankles, knees and lower backs too.
Now there are lots of alternatives that could fit the bill here depending on their preference,
So, you could go with a shoe that has a memory foam cushioning like a pair of Sketchers.
And some nurses prefer a pair of clogs like the Dansko Pro ones as these have great arch support and are wipeable from any fluids or spillages that occur on the rounds.
So, find out what your new nurse likes to wear and treat them to their first pair of work shoes.
10. Compression Socks
One way to look after the health of your lower limbs when you're on your feet all day as a nurse is to wear a pair of compression socks.
As these socks help to keep the blood circulating freely which is great for a number of reasons.
Firstly, as it reduces fatigue and soreness developing as the day wears on.
While also helping to prevent any swelling in your lower limbs and guarding against varicose veins.
So, a few pairs of compression socks is a gift you can give to a new nurse to help them safeguard their health.
And these ones make a good gift for nurses especially as they are quite apt having a pulse rate design on them.
11. WAHL Therapeutic Deep Foot Spa
Becoming good at self-care is a crucial life skill for any new nurse.
As the job is grueling at times and can leave you physically and emotionally drained at the end of another long shift.
So, to help them to relax and recover how about buying them a nice heated foot spa to massage those aching feet.
As the rolling motors and warm water will feel great while they are sitting on the couch trying to switch off.
And a great choice for this is the WAHL therapeutic deep foot spa.
Because as the name suggests this is a deeper foot spa than most, meaning you can get your ankles right in there too to get the full benefits of the jets and heat.
And it has massage nodes and rollers at the bottom that you can roll your feet over that feel like a slice of heaven!
12. Gift Card For Spa Treatments
While the foot spa is great for a nurses aching feet, don't forget about the rest of their bodies.
As working tirelessly on long shifts can really take it's toll on them.
Not to mention the stress and pressure they come under working in such a fast-paced and emotionally charged environment as a hospital.
So, if you really want to treat them and help them take care of themselves then a gift card for spa treatments will work wonders.
As then they can pamper themselves and forget all about the ward for a couple of hours.
Which is great for their mental health as they can relax, unwind and let go of their worries so they come back to their next shift feeling refreshed and ready to go again.
Plus there are the lovely massages to take the tension out of their necks, shoulders and backs too.
So, all in all this is a really thoughtful gift idea for nurses and one that is often much needed!
13. Hydroflask Water Bottle
Staying well hydrated on your shift is really important for nurses.
As this keeps them energised, healthy, mentally alert, and helps to guard against any aching muscles.
However, sometimes fridge space in the nurses room is at a premium and drinking room temperature water isn't quite as appealing.
So, giving a nurse a vacuum insulated water bottle such as the Hydroflask can make for a really useful and practical gift.
As this will keep their water cold for up to 24 hours (so basically their entire shift).
Meaning they'll always have a cold drink on hand and can keep themselves topped up whenever they need too.
14. Gift Card For Coffee
Another necessity for many nurses to keep their energy levels up and make sure they stay mentally alert is a strong cup of coffee at regular intervals.
However, the truth of the matter is that the coffee most hospitals supply in their break rooms is awful.
And while glugging down a few cups of it will get you through your shift, it's not the most enjoyable experience.
So, giving them a gift card for a local coffee shop (or one in the hospital grounds) can make a big difference.
As this way they'll have an ample supply of great coffee that they actually look forward to drinking rather than forcing down.
And they can even treat themselves to a muffin or a pastry while thy're at it too!
15. Nurse Mates Nursing Bag
Nurses end up spending a lot of time at the hospitals they work at.
Because even though the 12-hour shifts seem long enough, this may also be followed by a consecutive shift which only gives you a couple of hours break in between.
So, you could end up being there for a couple of days at a time.
Which means you'll need to bring plenty of stuff with you to work and makes a good nurses bag a necessity.
And you'll want one with plenty of compartments and pockets to keep everything organised.
As you'll have to carry a multitude of things such as toiletries, your lunch and water bottle, your stethoscope, scissors, scrubs and other equipment, as well as pens, highlighters and your clipboard.
So, getting someone a nurses bag such as this one by Nurse Mates is a really useful gift idea.
Because this one has a cool medical design and is made for nurses.
As it's spacious, has multiple compartments to keep things separated and organised, and has an easy carry handle and shoulder strap.
16. A Sleep Mask & Blackout Curtains
When you have a run of night shifts to do as a nurse it can really play havoc with your body clock and internal rhythm.
As you come home in the morning feeling wired and awake and it can be hard to then get to sleep during the daytime.
And if you struggle like this form a few days it can really affect your energy levels and mental capacity.
Which is bad news and can make it hard to do your job and care for the patients as well as you'd like to.
So, some gift ideas that can prove really helpful for nurses are ones that help them to get some sleep when it's still daylight.
And two things that can do this are a sleep mask like the one from Bedtime Bliss and a pair of blackout blinds or curtains.
As this will give them the darkness they need in the bedroom to allow them to drift off and maintain a deep and restorative sleep.
Leaving them refreshed and full of beans by the time they next have to clock on.
17. A Funny Mug & Wine Glass Set
For the final two gift ideas for nurses on this list I want to lighten the mood a little and suggest funny rather than practical gifts.
And first up is this Before Patients, After Patients mug and wine glass set.
I think this is a really smart idea and is bound to raise a chuckle when you give it to them.
As a big mug full of coffee is definitely what you need before facing your patients while many nurse need a glass of wine or something stronger afterwards.
And with this set they have the perfect reminder!
18. The 'Oh Shit, I Almost Killed You' Book
And finally how about getting them a book that they can relate to that will make them laugh.
As the Oh Shit, I Almost Killed You book by Sonja Schwartzbach is full of the anecdotes, stories and experiences of a critical care nurse.
And some of the mishaps, situations and disasters on the ward will have you laughing out loud.
However, there is also plenty in here that will act as guidance and be useful for new nurses to help remove some of their fears and anxieties.
Showing them both what to do and more importantly what not to do!
So, this book makes a decent stocking stuffer and is good preparation for their first shift as a nurse.
Graduating from nursing school is a big achievement and the start of a whole new adventure for new nurses.
So treat them to a gift that makes this transition more seamless.
As there are many things a nurse will need when they start their new career.
And it's these items that all make for great gifts to give them, with the list of gift ideas in this article hopefully giving you a few good ideas to get you started..