BEST GIFT you ever received from a family member or patient? - page 2

I just know you have gotten kudos from your patients. All kinds! We all have in some way or another. I remember the life story of a lady from Germany who came here at the turn of the century who... Read More

  1. by   Ms Kylee
    Patients offer me food all of the time. I don't accept. What I do do is take what they've given me, walk it down to the pantry refrigerator and put their name on it. I just cannot bring myself to take anything from a patient. I'm not in this for the money or gifts. I'm in it because I love patient care.
  2. by   LVNwannaBE2007
    i never accept food gifts eitehr no matter how sealed i think it is.... we have a woman who watches over her son (in this 40's c cp and a variety of other problems....) in the LTC i work at. (APS has custody of him and hes on hospice) she is always giving me food etc but i accept it and then when she walks off we throw it away for fear it would be poisined........
    just friday she gave me a piece of carrot cake that was nothing but a tease for me. it smelled so good but i still threw it away outta pure fear...
  3. by   leslie :-D
    Quote from earle58
    i've gotten some incredible material gifts.

    incredible.

    but i've refused ea and every one of them.
    ok, i was wrong.

    i accept food all the time.
    i don't care if it's poisoned.
    as long as it tastes good.

    and no veggies, please.

    leslie
  4. by   flightnurse2b
    i took care of a patient who was dying of esophageal CA. i took care of him for years, as he was in and out of the hospital allllll the time. he was 65 years old, but was an immigrant from beligium and had the best stories ever! i would wander up to his room on the oncology floor and listen to him go on and on about his childhood in europe, his kids, grandkids, brothers and sisters. i would tell him about my troubles with work, boyfriends and school. i usually dont get "attached" to patients, as i worked in the ER, but for some reason he had always had my attention with his storytelling. i think had it not been for him, i may not have made the choice to go on to nursing school. he always said i needed to go on to become a doctor, and he wished he could be there when i graduated. i promised him i wouldnt give up and i would become a nurse, and i would remember him at my graduation. after about 3 years he stopped coming in, and didnt tell anyone he decided to go home with hospice, but his daughter came in to bring me this letter. i carry it in my wallet.

    Allison,

    Here's wishing you the very best for your future! Don't you ever give up on your dreams. If you stumble, fall down and laugh, and then get back up and try even harder. Smile at that girl in the mirror every morning, remember the lives that you make better, and let this continue to make you smile all day. This world has great expectations for you and even if I am not here anymore, you will always have my support. Send my daughter an e-mail once in a while and let her know you are making progress. Make sure you try and get 8 hours of sleep a night. Take care of yourself, because I know you tend not to do so. I wish I had something to leave you, but I don't, so know that this letter is just a symbol of my undying gratuity to you for being my friend. Sometimes a friend is better than a doctor or a nurse. Remember me in your thoughts as the crazy old man who never let you give up on your dreams, ok? I will miss you terribly, Allison, but that's life... so get on with yours already!

    Love always, Mr. V

    i truly do miss my old friend, and i thank him each day for motivating me to go the extra mile.
  5. by   kukukajoo
    This made me cry... I think you may have touched him even more greatly than he touched you.

    Thank you for sharing- I pray one day I have a patient that makes that kind of impact in my life!

    Quote from allison2008
    i took care of a patient who was dying of esophageal CA. i took care of him for years, as he was in and out of the hospital allllll the time. he was 65 years old, but was an immigrant from beligium and had the best stories ever! i would wander up to his room on the oncology floor and listen to him go on and on about his childhood in europe, his kids, grandkids, brothers and sisters. i would tell him about my troubles with work, boyfriends and school. i usually dont get "attached" to patients, as i worked in the ER, but for some reason he had always had my attention with his storytelling. i think had it not been for him, i may not have made the choice to go on to nursing school. he always said i needed to go on to become a doctor, and he wished he could be there when i graduated. i promised him i wouldnt give up and i would become a nurse, and i would remember him at my graduation. after about 3 years he stopped coming in, and didnt tell anyone he decided to go home with hospice, but his daughter came in to bring me this letter. i carry it in my wallet.

    Allison,

    Here's wishing you the very best for your future! Don't you ever give up on your dreams. If you stumble, fall down and laugh, and then get back up and try even harder. Smile at that girl in the mirror every morning, remember the lives that you make better, and let this continue to make you smile all day. This world has great expectations for you and even if I am not here anymore, you will always have my support. Send my daughter an e-mail once in a while and let her know you are making progress. Make sure you try and get 8 hours of sleep a night. Take care of yourself, because I know you tend not to do so. I wish I had something to leave you, but I don't, so know that this letter is just a symbol of my undying gratuity to you for being my friend. Sometimes a friend is better than a doctor or a nurse. Remember me in your thoughts as the crazy old man who never let you give up on your dreams, ok? I will miss you terribly, Allison, but that's life... so get on with yours already!

    Love always, Mr. V

    i truly do miss my old friend, and i thank him each day for motivating me to go the extra mile.
  6. by   kukukajoo
    duplicate post, sorry
    Last edit by kukukajoo on Dec 16, '07 : Reason: duplicate post
  7. by   Christie RN2006
    There are two certain things that come to mind when I think of the best gift I have received. I work in an ICU that can be absolutely crazy at times. Sometimes we have some very difficult situations that arise. Sometimes we become close with our patients and their families.

    This one patient in particular I absolutely loved having. She had downs syndrome and was a very sweet little lady, but she was very sick. I became close with this lady and her family during her weeks in the ICU with us. Sadly she ended up dying, but I will always treasure the little note her niece gave me.

    "Christie,
    Many months have passed since I met you visiting my aunt in the hospital there. I just wanted to thank you for the care and love you offered to her while she was there. I know you are still giving that same kind of care and leadership in that ICU, and I thank you for that. It makes such a difference, thinking back to when my aunt was alive, and how the smallest things made a big difference from the nurses like you.

    Thank you.

    Sincerely,
    KD"

    The other gift I treasure is from one of my other favorite patients. How I first met this lady was an absolute miracle. I was really late making it to dinner one night and I just happened to be the only nurse in the cafeteria due to the late hour. I was sitting there and someone came over and tapped me on the shoulder and said "I think that lady over there needs some help" I looked over and I saw this person face down on her food tray. I ran over to her and she was completely blue from head to toe. After a lot of struggling (everyone else was standing around in shock) I finally got her to the floor. She wasn't breathing and I couldn't find a pulse. I coded her by myself until help finally arrived. A few hours later I found out that she survived and that she was going to be my patient! She did well and was able to be taken off the vent within a few short days. One day I went to work and her son pulled me to the side and asked me to go see his mom. She gave me a little wooden angel that is holding a sign that says "thank you". She told me that I was her angel that day. I just about cried! That angel is sitting proudly on my bookshelf still.
  8. by   ohmeowzer RN
    i got a hug from a patient.. she was 96 and the sweetest lady , i just think she's wonderful and kind.
  9. by   ICRN2008
    I have a favorite patient who is in and out of the hospital pretty often. I have a Batman picture on my fridge that he colored for me during his last admission.

    I had another patient who was on his 3rd relapse with cancer. He said one night "You're the sweetest nurse I've ever had". He had been in the hospital for quite a few years of his life, so that really meant something.
  10. by   Kiwimid
    i was doing clinical and saw the sweetest thing. this lol had hardly any english and was critical. her family were afraid to visit, so the staff kind of adopted her. one nurse in particular. when ever this nurse walked into the room, the lol would say, she is my sister in very broken english. the love she had in her eyes for that nurse was priceless. ill never forget her and how much just the simple act of caring can impact on a life. i still nearly cry when i think of her.
  11. by   NurseCherlove
    Quote from Emmanuel Goldstein
    About five years ago, as I left work one morning, the elevator stopped and picked up a couple of staff from the ICU. The male tech was grinning from ear to ear. I asked what was up; the nurse piped up that he had just worked his last shift and was quitting and then told me to ask him why... he just blushed so she broke in and said he'd been doing private duty on his own for this very wealthy man. The old guy had died recently and left over a million to this young man who'd taken such good care of him over the years. Then she started laughing and said, "Can you believe it? He actually worked out his notice!"
    WOW!!!! ANd I'll say it backwards.....WOW!
  12. by   NurseCherlove
    Man, these are some great stories! I'm getting a little ticked however just thinking about something that happened recently: My weekend Charge Nurse told me that a patient had written a 3 page letter about how good his care was and that I had been mentioned almost constantly throughout the letter. My charge nurse then told me that she thought she threw it away b/c she thought she had been mentioned in it, but it turned out she had not been. So I asked my manager about it, and he was clueless.:angryfire

    Like Leslie, I too always accept food!!

    I also love it when patients ask me how they let management know what a great nurse I've been.
  13. by   VenaKavaRN
    The best gift I ever got was a little angel pin from a lady who had been in bed for weeks, was trached and could barely talk. Nobody else much liked her, and she didn't like anybody else, but we got along really well and I think something about the way I treated her and tried to understand her speaking around the trach really touched her. Just the fact that she had remembered me, had asked one of her family members to get something, and wrote the card painstakingly herself was just overwhelming to me.

    I still get that card and pin out to this day when I think I can't do this anymore, and it always helps me remember why I'm doing it in the first place

    Pepper

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