A "Thank You" gift for a preceptor

  1. 0 I am almost finished with a 6 month orientation to an ICU. My preceptor has been nothing but helpful and encouraging through MANY self-loathing moments and frustrating shifts. I honestly think I would have quit early on if I had someone else. I am so greatful for this very difficult but rewarding and VERY educational start to my nursing career. What's something nice I could give her as a "thank you" gift? I remember that we always used to go in as a group and give our clinical instructors something nice (a gift certificate to a restaurant, usually). I was thinking of just a nice thank you note and a gift certificate for a manicure at a nicer place. What do you think? What's an appropriate amount to spend (I know this would vary person to person, but I'm looking for a general consensus)? Thanks.
  2. Visit  MarySunshine profile page

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  3. Visit  Marie_LPN, RN profile page
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    I think $20 might be the high end of appropriate. I gave my preceptor a $20 GC to the coffee stand in the cafeteria, and also wrote a long thank you note on everything she's done for me.

    Write her a thank you note, and pretty much say what you've said here (helpful, encouraging, educational, etc.). I guarentee the note will mean more than anything, because she'll have written proof that she made a difference in a co-worker's life, and can reread this if she's ever having a bad day.
  4. Visit  mstigerlily profile page
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    Our instructor encouraged us to get a gift for our preceptor after our four week school preceptorship and checked up on us what we bought. I got the feeling a coffee mug or knicknack wasn't going to do so I carefully asked her some questions while we were charting one night and listened to her likes/dislikes. I discovered that she liked Dickies scrubs but didn't get them because they were expensive and that she "needed more pastels"so I bought her some light pink Dickies scrubs monogrammed with her name, RN over the pocket. She loved them and I proudly her her announcing "My student gave me these" to several people. It cost me about $50 but I felt it was worth it.


    Quote from MarySunshine
    I am almost finished with a 6 month orientation to an ICU. My preceptor has been nothing but helpful and encouraging through MANY self-loathing moments and frustrating shifts. I honestly think I would have quit early on if I had someone else. I am so greatful for this very difficult but rewarding and VERY educational start to my nursing career. What's something nice I could give her as a "thank you" gift? I remember that we always used to go in as a group and give our clinical instructors something nice (a gift certificate to a restaurant, usually). I was thinking of just a nice thank you note and a gift certificate for a manicure at a nicer place. What do you think? What's an appropriate amount to spend (I know this would vary person to person, but I'm looking for a general consensus)? Thanks.
  5. Visit  traumaRUs profile page
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    I think a very nicely written thank - you with a copy to her supervisor is in order. If you want to include a gift certifcate to the hospital cafeteria or coffee-shop, that would be very nice too.

    I think a sincere thank you and I appreciate all your expertise and patience goes a long way.
  6. Visit  JustJen profile page
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    I think a small gift is appropriate. I always try to write a note to the preceptor AS WELL AS a note to the preceptor's boss (give a copy to the preceptor), saying how wonderful the preceptor was. Preceptors usually are not compensated for precepting, so its nice to let the powers that be know they did a good job.

    Just my 2 cents
  7. Visit  Angie O'Plasty, RN profile page
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    How about a candle? some bubble bath? a small gift basket with some gourmet coffee and a coffee mug? a gift certificate for a massage? a gift card to a favorite store or restaurant?
  8. Visit  michelle126 profile page
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    A nice note to the preceptor and how about one to the NM letting them know what a great preceptor they were?
  9. Visit  weetziebat profile page
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    I'd sent a nice long card to your preceptor, letting her know in detail just what you are telling us. Its something she will keep and re-read many times. Would also send a copy to your NM so she is also aware.

    As far as a gift, for a 6 month preceptorship, I think $50. is appropriate, if you can afford it. A gift certificate for dinner, a massage, to a uniform shop, subscription to a nursing journal she enjoys, gc for CD/books, manicure/pedicure. There are so many nice items you can buy, but the well written card is most important.
  10. Visit  Gompers profile page
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    Quote from michelle126
    A nice note to the preceptor and how about one to the NM letting them know what a great preceptor they were?
    Whether or not a gift is given, I think a letter to the nurse manager is definitely a good idea. If you really think your preceptor did an excellent job, she deserves to be recognized for it.

    For a preceptorship this long, yeah, $25-50 is appropriate. Now, for a shorter one, like a few weeks, then maybe something small like lotion, a book, or a candle. Maybe a gift certificate for a local uniform store?

    I'm a big fan of giving out copies of "Chicken Soup for the Nurse's Soul" - I'm totally not a "Chicken Soup" kind of a girl, usually, but my gosh is that a good book!
  11. Visit  fergus51 profile page
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    I think a nice card expressing your gratitude (and a note to the manager about it) is plenty.

    I will say, the best gift I got was for a massage. I almost died it was so relaxing.
  12. Visit  pugmum profile page
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    I would agree a nice note with a copy to the manager is must do...gift wise, manicure gift certificates, restaurant GCs are good too. Or you could put together a little gift basket yourself. I've done wicker baskets filled with coffee, tea, hot chocolate and baked treats, or wine with a couple of nice wine glasses, cheese , and snacks, or a bath basket with a loofah, various bath stuff, foot massage lotion, etc. Cover your basket with a nice saran wrapper, a huge ribbon, and done!
  13. Visit  P_RN profile page
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    I collect nurses, and one of my favorites is one that a preceptee gave me. She found a little grey haired nurse figurine. She had my name written on it. I also got a really nice card with a thank you note.
  14. Visit  RN NascarFan profile page
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    Our unit had two student nurse externs for the past two months. Their last night was Wednesday and they planned to cook for us as both RN's that precepted them worked that night. My extern also wrote me a very nice card; thoughtful and appreciated


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