If you think you are stressed, talk to a nurse. Nursing is consistently listed as one of the top ten most stressful careers in healthcare and, if you were to follow a nurse around for the day, you would appreciate exactly why this is the case. The special nurse on your shopping list is likely feeling the stress, and these gifts are a lovely pick-me-up for any special occasion. These also make great “thank you” gifts for any nurse who has had a positive impact on your life.
A Good Book
Reading is an excellent stress-relieving pastime. While the latest bestseller is usually a safe bet, these nurse-themed page-turners may be the perfect choice for your bookworm.
- The Language of Kindness: A Nurse’s Story by Christie Watson
This beautiful memoir tells the story of a nurse’s life in the United Kingdom.
- Bedlam Among the Bedpans: Humor in Nursing by Amy Young
A little levity goes a long way these days. Any nurse will love and relate to the hysterical stories in this collection.
- The Nerdy Nurse’s Guide to Technology by Brittney Wilson
Developments in technology are changing the path of many careers, and nursing is no exception. This guide can help the nurse on your list keep ahead of the curve on what technology is available to improve their patient care.
- The Nurse’s Social Media Advantage: How Making Connections and Sharing Ideas Can Enhance Your Nursing Practice by Robert Fraser
Social media is a tool that can have far-reaching effects that can help anyone get ahead in their profession. This is a fantastic book for the tech-savvy nurse who would like to learn how nursing and social media go hand-in-hand.
Thanks to their recent explosion in popularity, you have probably heard of bath bombs. The scented, fizzing bombs turn any tub into a luxurious at-home spa when placed in a warm bath. Shower bombs follow a similar principle but are designed for use in the shower for those of us who do not have the time for a luxurious bath, such as nurses. Shower bombs are held in the hand during a shower and release foam and soothing scents that can ease stress and grant a little window of much-need calm. The large variety of different shower bombs available at Lush come in assorted scents and colors, and you are sure to find the perfect one for your recipient.
Any nurse could use a little pampering, and spa certificates are a great way to show you care about a nurse’s well-being. Most spas offer a wide variety of services, from massages to manicures. Pick up a gift certificate from your favorite local spa that allows the recipient to choose which service they would most enjoy.
Scrubs and Accessories
The holidays are the perfect time to give some of the items a nurse needs to be successful and stylish at the hospital or in the office.Scrubs are staples of the healthcare profession, but that does not mean they have to be the boring faded blue uniform that people typically associate with nurses and doctors.The huge variety of scrubs available online today are a great way for nurses and doctors to express themselves while maintaining the comfort and practicality the healthcare professions demand.
An amazing selection of nursing scrubs in various colors, designs, and sizes are available online that make a great addition to any nurse’s wardrobe. But don’t stop there! You can also find a great selection of other healthcare professional-wear products online that make for thoughtful gifts, such as the Kickstart 10-15 mmHg Support Socks. These socks not only offer support and comfort for tired feet, but a little flair and style as well.
Nurses are required to wear a watch with a second hand for tracking and recording patient vitals, administering medication, and lab charting. An Apple watch makes a great holiday gift for nurses who are also technology enthusiasts. Apple watches can help them accomplish their important work, but they also make day-to-day life a little simpler as well. The easy-to-read face can help them track their steps throughout the day, set timers and goals, and even quickly respond to messages and emails without distracting them from the job.
There are lots of stethoscope models and types to choose from, so it is best to do a little research before making your decision. Make sure you choose the best model for your nurse’s particular line of work. For example, does he or she work primarily with children? Consider giving them a stethoscope with fun colors or characters their younger patients will enjoy. There are also many customizable options to get their name, initials, or even a favorite quote printed on it.
Coffee & Water Tumblers
As busy as nurses are all day, they may forget or find it hard to stay hydrated (or perhaps, caffeinated.) Tumblers are an excellent and inexpensive gift option. Many models can be used to keep beverages hot or cold, which makes it a gift that can be appreciated by anyone. Yeti is a popular brand that comes in various sizes, styles, and colors and with an assortment of accessories. Any insulated thermos is a great, and practical, gift for nurses to keep their beverages in throughout their shifts.
Nurse Phone Cases
Help your nurse show pride in their work with a practical and customized phone case. No matter what brand of phone they carry, there is a phone case to cover it, and there are many designs available online that highlight his or her specific line of work, from the NICU to cardiac care.
Nurse Coloring Book
A Humorous, Snarky & Unique Adult Coloring Book for Registered Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Nursing Students for Stress Relief and Relaxation
Adult coloring books have become popular in recent years. The Nurse Coloring Book for adults is a relaxing and humorous choice when it comes finding a unique gift. Complete the gift with some markers and coloring pencils, and they will be laughing the stress away in no time. Nurses do not have a lot of down time on their shifts, but sometimes it can be nice to be able to zone out and focus on coloring even if it is just for a few minutes. Also, when they are off, it can be nice to look at something other than a screen when passing the time.
With their crazy, exhausting hours it can be difficult knowing what nurses want when it comes to leisurely gifts. This list provides good examples for both in and out of their job; whether you are looking to help them along in their career, afford some much-needed relaxation, or just bring a smile to their face, remember to show your appreciation for the nurse in your life. You can choose one of these gifts or a combination of several to make nurses feel appreciated.
Adela Ellis is a full-time nurse and part-time ambassador for Infinity Scrubs. Adela attended the University of Arizona and has been a travel nurse for the last 6 years. She enjoys working with different doctors, nurses, and patients from all over the country and blogging about her experiences. In her free time, she loves true-crime podcasts and cooking for friends and family.