Monday, 28 August 2017

How do you thank nurses—the people who care for us and for our loved ones at all hours, in ways we can't do ourselves?

There are plenty of direct actions you can take, like writing a card, saying thank you, and notifying the nurse's supervisor of a job well done can all mean a lot. It's also important to listen to a nurse's instructions, writes Kevin Pan, a blogger and psychiatric  RN.

“This is a simple, passive, but immensely helpful way to show appreciation. In a nutshell, don't make our job harder than it needs to be. Don't make a mess needlessly. If we give you an instruction, follow it! If we ask you to stay in bed, there's a good reason. If we ask you to leave the room, please don't give us a hard time. Trust me, nurses do appreciate when people listen to them."

Other things you can do include:

  • Hire a massage therapist to do hand, foot and neck massages for the nurses on breaks.
  •  Let the administration know if you liked your experience with a nurse. Most hospitals provide surveys. 
  • Send over snacks, especially if it's something substantial, like sandwiches, bagels, fruit and cheese, or pizza.
  •  Supplying a to-go carafe of high-end coffee.

 But don't give cash or other individual gifts of significance, since most RNs aren't allowed to accept them. There's also a broader kind of support you can show.

Amy Glass, a nurse who works in the intensive care unit at Kaiser Permanente hospital in Modesto, Calif., says it's nice to get backing from the community when nurses stand up for something public health issues—especially in poor, underserved areas that often receive the brunt of polluting or toxic processes.

“We stand up against that because we see patients coming in with increased asthma, lung diseases, cancer, we need the community to stand with us."

And participating in any kind of community health awareness event not only supports the nurses who work it—but can improve your own health IQ as well.


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