Holiday Gifts for PCT's - page 3

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Do you give gifts to your PCT's/CNA's for the Holidays? If so, what have you done in the past? I would like to do something for them as I am so grateful for all of their hard work, especially being shorter staffed. Just looking... Read More


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    Or get a box of Christmas bulbs and a gold or silver pen and write their names on them--attach that to a scratch ticket or a coffee mug. Or a re-usable water bottle.
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    I think the efforts that go into homemade foods are thoughtful, but people should be mindful that many do not eat sugary or fatty foods, even at the holidays. It really would be a shame to waste your time and money making these snacks just to have them go unappreciated. Just a thought to keep in mind when you are planning your gifts. It isn't really a thoughtful gift if you know the recipient isn't likely to partake. Anyone who knows me would know I would never eat cookies or candy, so to give me cookies or candy would just be odd. It is akin to saying, "I know you don't really like this, but I don't care because I give everyone the same thing regardless, because it is easier for me than considering your personal feelings or tastes." Generally gift giving is best done with the recipient in mind.

    That said, I am planning on giving all the clinic nurses, MAs and PCTs and support staff AmEx gift cards in the same amount. I will also be giving my MA an additional gift of cash.
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    I just don't like the idea of gifts (other than food/candy sharing) at work with the exception of a "secret santa" or some kind of gift exchange game that everyone willingly participates in.

    For many people, the holidays are stressful just trying to come up with the money for gifts to give your own children. I always preferred co-workers not give me gifts because even though people say, "oh, it doesn't matter" there's still always the thought, even if it's only the person receiving the gift, that they should've gotten gifts too.

    To me, this is even more of an issue when you work with people who have clearly different rates of pay. When I worked as a tech, I worked with about 20 different nurses and there were only about 5 of us techs. If the nurses all brought gifts, and I felt obligated to do the same, I'd be looking at a lot of $$ that I didn't have.

    I know everyone doesn't agree with that thought process, but coming from a former tech who dreaded (and still dreads) the financial stress of holidays, I think a gift that can be shared by everyone with no names attached is the most thoughtful.
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    I understand people feel differently about giving gifts but in the past, on my unit, the nurses have all given the techs a small gift as a token of appreciation for all of their hard work throughout the year. We have a smaller amount of techs this year and they've worked extra hard picking up extra and so forth. I was a tech on the unit before becoming a nurse and I thought it was nice and thoughtful for the nurses to think of us. It's ok if some of you disagree with it or don't think it's a good idea for you or your unit. But it's something I'd like to do and am interested in hearing what those that feel the same way, have to say. The point of the post was to hear some ideas as to what some of you may be giving your techs if you partake in giving a small gift for Christmas/Holidays/whatever you may call it and is PC. Thanks for those that have given suggestions. It is much appreciated
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    What about the nurses each thinking of a couple of days and bringing in a dish to set up in the break room and have a "holiday pot luck" set up for one day breakfast,one lunch and one dinner to get all of the shifts? That way, it is a wonderful token of appreciation, there can be just a bunch of munchies and appetizers, some sweets should someone have a sweet tooth....or even an morning/afternoon/evening tea and muffins, tea and home-made bread, something like that.
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    I made hand scrub for one year, was really easy, pretty inexpensive & enjoyed by the staff. Good luck!!
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    I am a CNA in a LTC facility. Last year our nurse got the 6 of us (all the regulars on her unit) each big bottles of Bath and Body Works lotion and body wash, and a glass snowflake ornament.

    This year I am getting the other 5 regulars a mason jar with a pair of socks, pen, nail polish, lip gloss, small star cookie cutter, hot chocolate pack, and lindor truffles. Then I am getting my closest coworker, the one I talk to all the time outside of work, some prismacolor watercolor pencils, but I won't do that in front of the others.

    And then this year we are going all out for our nurse, each of us putting in $30-40 for a carton of cigarrettes, chocolate, coffee (for her to take home), cake, balloons, ice cream, lasagna, salad, soda, etc.

    I admit I am really feeling the pinch right now, since we will also be doing a baby shower for one of my coworkers next month, but once Christmas is over I'll just have to buckle down and save some $$$.


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