I love coming to this site to read other ER nurses venting, since I too need it as well.
I recently had a sweet old lady give me a 2$ dollar bill bc she was grateful for the care she received (I tried VERY hard to give it back, she put it in my pocket and shoo'd me away similar to my grandma lol). For this woman, 2$ was a big deal as she came from a nursing home and really isn't supposed to have cash on her. She said she was waiting to give it to someone who REALLY deserved it. Seriously, made me tear up a little lol.
I want to hear about some of your most grateful patients!