Is bringing dougnuts for my clinical unit o.k.?

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    Is it ok to bring something like a box of doughnuts for the unit I'll be in, as a thank you? I know their day would be a lot easier if I weren't there poking my head in everything they do and grilling them with questions all day. If not doughnuts, is there something I could bring, or is this frowned upon?

    Thanx!
    Last edit by ammonthenephite on Jan 30, '13
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    Food & snacks are always appreciated by everyone on the unit! Usually nursing students will bring donuts, cookies, or other homemade snacks on their last day of clinicals on our unit along with a signed thank you card.
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    It's a nice gesture that will be appreciated --- just make sure you have plenty!
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    Excellent. Doughnuts are good, but can be sticky......cookies are good, but are crumbly. As nurses, what are your preferred snacks?
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    Since you're asking ---- and this is personal, but I am usually very selective about what I knibbble on at work. I don't eat things that are homemade too often. That's why Dunkin Donuts or Krispy Kremes are fine with me. Also there's usually not a lot of time, so just grabbing a donut is easy to grab & go.

    I have brought in mini-sandwich platters from the deli/supermarket, also. Another simple grab & go item.
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    Offerings of food are very much appreciated

    Suggestions:

    1. Only bring them on the last day when you are finished with your rotation. Bringing in food every day smacks of overkill...plus our management may frown on seeing trays of food constantly lying about.

    2. Keep it simple: nothing messy, complicated or too exotic. Finger foods are the best bet. For a morning: pastries and fruit are nice. Afternoon/evening: pastries, mini-sandwiches, pizza, cookies. Yes, donuts are fine...but again, avoid the messier ones.

    3. Bring enough for EVERYONE on the unit, not just the RNs. Also don't forget napkins.
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    Food is always good. But make sure you let all the RNs know it's there so they can try to make a jump on the food before the MDs round. One Male MD can inhale 12 donuts in approximately 2 minutes whle standing and texting at the same time.

    You might get a few eyerolls from fellow students you kiss-up. What we did was wait till the end of the rotation and then we brought in stuff for staff.
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    YES YES YES

    You are now the most favorite-est student ever!!!
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    LOL! I agree. Any quick little nibbles like donut holes or halloween candy (wrapped servings) are fantastic and appreciated. People get nervous about anything they can't grab easily without touching the rest of the food. They don't want to feel like they are contaminating other people's food. (ex. bowl of jellybeans)
    amoLucia likes this.
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    Another thought - are you alone on the unit or with another newbie(s)? You could double up as netglow suggested.

    NurseOnAMotorcycle explained the perils of communal food well, but I have seen big tins of popcorn disappear quick! I, myself. will partake of popcorn using a new styrofoam cup as a scoop.

    If you're health-conscious, I've seen the little crates of clementines avail.

    Again, just make sure there's enough for all, esp if shifts overlap, housekeepers, interns, etc are around.
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