Nurses work tirelessly to help you and your family back to health in times of need, so don't forget to thank them for their special care and attention with a little treat.
If you've ever had to spend time in hospital then you'll know that angels really do exist - and they come in the form of nurses.
As they are there to look after you at a time when you are vulnerable and really need it.
Making sure you get the medicines you need at the right times, keeping you as comfortable as possible, and offering moral support and a comforting and reassuring presence.
They really are a godsend if you ever get sick.
And when you think that they do this over long shifts day and night for very little pay then it makes them even more remarkable.
As it's such a tireless job that must be both physically and emotionally draining for them.
Yet they still maintain such a positive and friendly vibe which really helps the patients to recover.
So, the next time your health suffers and you need medical care, make sure you treat your nurses to a little something to thank them for all their hard work, care, and attention.
As the following things will all go down in treat, either in the nurses room or at home after a long, hard shift.
A big selection tin of chocolates is probably the most popular and common thank you gift for nurses.
And these work great as they can be left in the nurses room or on nurse station desks so everyone can help themselves throughout their shift.
Getting a little sugar boost to improve their mood and keep their energy levels up and ward off tiredness.
So, if you want an easy win then chocolates are the way to go.
And boxes of assorted candy can also work such as a big selection of Haribo.
However, as many patients give their nurses chocolate and candy you may want to mix it up a bit with one of the following gift ideas instead.
2. Baked Goods
Everyone loves to have a freshly baked muffin, cookie, donut or cupcake with their coffee right?
And nurses are no different.
So, a selection of baked goods make for a really nice treat for them on their breaks.
And if you want to make it an even more personal gift how about baking them a batch of muffins or cookies yourself?
As these will taste even better (we hope!) knowing that you've put so much time and effort into making them.
3. Bagels, Smoked Salmon & Cream Cheese
While sweet treats will always be well received, sometimes nurses will crave something healthier and more substantial.
So, another great gift idea is to bring them in some freshly baked bagels with plenty of smoked salmon and cream cheese to go around.
As you just can't beat the smell of fresh bagels.
And this will be a wonderful treat for them and makes for a nutritious breakfast or lunch that will keep them going through another long shift.
4. A Fresh Fruit Basket
Following on from healthier gift ideas for nurses, the next one is to get them a fresh fruit basket.
As this will help them to stay fit and energised on their rounds and is much better for them in the long term than all that sugar.
So, get down to your local fruit market and fill up a basket with a bright selection of fresh apples, oranges, pears, bananas, grapes, and whatever catches your eye.
Then arrange them in an eye catching way before presenting them to your nurse.
Alternatively you could buy a ready made fruit basket to give them.
And if you really want to push the boat out you could get an amazing decorative thank you fruit basket from Edible Arrangements.
As they cut out the fruit into beautiful shapes before arranging them into eye catching arrangements.
And they even have the option to dip the fruit into chocolate if you want to go the less healthy route!
5. A Box Of Protein Bars
Another gift idea that can help nurses stay fit, healthy, and energised while working their shift is a box of protein bars.
As these bars are great to snack on as you work and will reduce cravings for more sugary treats.
And as they have a healthy balance of protein, carbohydrates and fats they can be a decent meal replacement too.
Which is important for nurses as they are sometimes so busy during their shifts that they don't get a chance to stop and eat.
Sometimes for 10 hours or more!
So, you can keep your nurses healthier and say thanks with a box of protein bars.
6. A Pizza Gift Card
Hospital food isn't the best when you're a patient.
And unfortunately for nurses the hospital canteen doesn't usually fare much better when it comes to taste, flavour and variety.
So, give them a break from the usual by treating them to a gift card to a local pizza place as a thank you.
This way they can order in some pizzas to enjoy on their break which will taste fantastic compared to their usual bland sandwiches and soups.
After all, who doesn't love pizza?
7. Speciality Teas & Coffees
The quality of coffee in a nurses break room usually sucks.
But no matter how bad it is they still drink it as they need to caffeine to keep them going!
So, a gift they'd really appreciate is a few packets of really great coffee that they can keep on the brew.
As this way they can actually enjoy their hot drink during breaks rather than just searching out a caffeine hit.
And you could also get them a nice selection of herbal teas to drink.
As these can help them to calm down and relax which is also really important for nurses as they work such an emotionally charged job.
8. A Nice Bottle Of Wine
The stresses and strains of nursing can really take it's toll after a while.
As nurses can go home after a long shift feeling physically drained and emotionally frazzled.
So, buying them a good bottle of wine to take home with them and enjoy can be a really nice idea.
As this way they can share a glass with their partner or friends and unwind from another tough day at the hospital.
Which helps them to let go of any hurt or disappointment they may be feeling and refresh themselves ready to go again.
9. Give Your Nurses A 5 Star Rating
Now there's no Trip Advisor or Google reviews for nurses in a hospital of course.
But you can still give them a 5-star rating that will really help them out.
Because many hospitals give you satisfaction surveys to fill out as you are being discharged where you can rate and comment on different features of your hospital stay.
This includes patient care, hospital hygiene, and food quality among other things.
And this gives you the chance to praise your nurses to the hilt, name checking them and giving them the thanks and credit they deserve.
In fact, many nurses say they would prefer a good review in a hospital survey to a physical gift, as hospital management takes these surveys very seriously and any praise is then added to their personnel record.
So, you're helping them further their career and job prospects.
And by helping the good nurses get the recognition they deserve from their superiors you are also ensuring future patients get the best care too.
So this is a real win-win for everyone.
10. Write Them A Heartfelt Thank You Note
Nursing can be a grueling and thankless profession, and one that leaves the nurses feeling emotionally and physically drained.
And no matter how wonderful your nurse is, they may not realise it themselves.
As despite their amazing work nurses are only human and self doubt can creep in.
So, make sure you write your nurse a heartfelt note or letter letting them know what a fantastic job they did looking after you.
As showing your appreciation for their efforts can give them a real morale boost, especially on days when they are feeling down on themselves.
And most nurses keep their patients cards in the break room so they can read them to give themselves a little lift when needed.
So, don't let a good deed go unnoticed, let your nurse know exactly how great they are.
11. Hire A Masseuse!
Now this final gift idea is a bit more of an outlandish suggestion but it's something I saw on Reddit and thought I'd share.
As one nurse shared a story of how a family they were caring for hired a masseuse to come into the hospital and give the nurses shoulder and hand massages on their breaks.
How fantastic is that!
Because if there is one group of people that need a quick massage to release stress and relax their tired and aching muscles then it's nurses.
So, that's food for thought and shows you can think a little outside the box with your gift ideas sometimes.
Nurses do a wonderful job, so let's make sure they know it.
As they really deserve our appreciation and thanks for looking after us when we are feeling sick and vulnerable.
And you can do that with any or all of the gift ideas on this list.
So, keep your nurses smiling on their rounds with a little something that says thank you.