Updated Jan 21, 2021 – Nurses are the unsung heroes of our healthcare system. They are the health care workers that work tirelessly to provide medical care, comfort and emotional support for their patients, but don’t always get the recognition they deserve.
And when you’re in a hospital bed or at home getting nursing care, it can be difficult to say “thank you” to your nurse during those long hours.
This year, 2021, more than the recent years, the recognition of National and International Nurses Day is so very important! They are the frontline workers that are putting themselves in danger each and every single day.
As the world moves through the pandemic of Covid-19 we must recognize the many sacrifices and incredible work that our healthcare systems are performing – that includes the nurses throughout the world.
May 6, 2021 is National Nurses Day here in the USA.
May 12, 2021 is International Nurses Day.
Right now, the very best way to say “Thank You” to the best nurses on a hospital staff or home care for all that they are doing and have done is to simply try to stay in good health, mask up, keep your distance and do what you can to avoid getting infected by Covid-19. Reducing the number of patients in our hospitals increases the amount of time, equipment and medication for anyone going into the hospital.
How Nurses Day Began
- International Nurses Day is celebrated every year on May 12th which is Florence Nightingale’s birthday
- The International Council of Nurses promotes the holiday every year
- National Nurses Day is on May 6th and commemorates the beginning of National Nurses Week – both of which are promoted by the American Nurses Association
Some Creative Ways You Can Say “Thank You” To A Nurse
Are you and your family members wondering how you can possibly say a good enough “Thank You” to a nurse that has impacted your life during your time of need?
There are so many ways to say thank you, and it’s never too late to say thanks. Nurses work hard every day to care for their patients and they often go unrecognized for the selfless work that they do. If you want your nurse to know how much you appreciate their hard work, try these suggestions that we give you below.
Notes Of Thanks
A simple way to say thank you is by giving or sending a thank you card / letter to express your deep appreciation and thanks for their good work is always a great gesture and most appreciated. I know that I always loved the beautiful cards and notes that I would get from my patients when I worked as an Occupational Therapist.
It may seem that there just aren’t enough words that you can write or say to show your appreciation for the amazing job your nurses did for you, but you can certainly pen your thoughts down – no matter how it’s worded – the thought behind the act is what the nurses will appreciate the most. Here are some suggestions from the great folks at Hallmark.
Better yet, get the entire family to write down their own personal thank you notes!
There are MANY nurse themed types of products and gifts that you could give – you can see what they are by clicking here.
I went ahead and pulled out some that I thought you might like to give to the person(s) who helped your or a loved one in their care.
Snacks And Treats
Put together your own basket of goodies that any nursing staff can snack on throughout the day or – order one online to be delivered to them! You can select from a variety of different kinds like…
Most nurses work on their feet all day, a gift to make that easier for them like Crocs or Compression socks can be greatly appreciated! It’s one way to help take care of those who take such good care of you.
Running Errands Or Gift Cards
Lets remember that our nurses have families to take care of also during this difficult time and with so many working overtime, they may not have as much time as they would like to care for their family members. So, a gift of time or a service can be greatly appreciated.
This will of course depend on your relationship with that nurse or nurses but helping them with some of the simple tasks like grocery shopping can be something that would certainly let them know how much they are appreciated. If you can’t run the task for them then perhaps a gift certificate or gift card could be the next best thing!
These are great gifts for the nurses and health care professionals who go that extra mile to provide you with compassionate care.
Amazon Gift Cards
Much Needed Caffeine
The boost of caffeine can help our nurses to get through the day – especially when the day is overwhelmed with an overflow of patients and the prospect of knowing that you could get infected at any time from any one of these patients.
Starbucks Gift Card
Dunkin’ Donuts Gift Card
Nurse Theme Mugs
For all that coffee (and tea) that they need to drink throughout the day – it’s nice to have your very own mug!
Face Masks For When Nurses Are Off Duty
Now, we know that these face masks aren’t to be used while they are working – but these days – having some fun and creative face masks can help nurses and other medical professionals to stay healthy healthy when they are off duty.
Symbols Of Angels
We all know that nurses are angels. They spend their days taking care of people who need them the most, and often times they also take care of our loved ones when we can’t be there to help. Nurses are heroes in the face of adversity and providing support on a daily basis for those who need it most.
We all know that a great majority of nurses are angels. Not only for the great work that they do, but for the amount of empathy and caring that they provide to those who are most in need. These are just two examples of how you can thank your nurse(s) for being the angels that they are.
You can see even more angel themed type of gifts that you can give – just click here!
You may be wanting to say thank you to your nurses if they’ve taken care of you after a medical procedure or perhaps they are working with you through chronic medical conditions or mental health problems. No matter what bad experience you are going through – nurses are there to help and give you the kind of care that you deserve.
Whatever gift you give or kind words that you express to your nurses, know that they will go a long way in helping these folks in the nursing profession to feel appreciated during this crazy and tough times.
Nurses are a vital part of society. Nurses provide care and compassion for patients who often don’t have anyone else to turn to. They work tirelessly, without rest or additional pay during holidays, on the weekends, in the evenings and early mornings. I would like you all to take time out of your day today (and every day) to thank nurses for their service that they provide everyday with such dedication and selflessness.
We, here at SeniorSafetyAdvice.com are so very appreciative of the amazing work that the nurses around the world have done and are doing to help those who are ill, especially during these hard times when going to work means that you too could also become one of those inflicted.
We Thank You and send you our best wishes in this unprecedented time.