Quote from ICUnurse1985
Nice for her but not ethical. We all get paid to care for our patients at our jobs. I was taught you never accept a financial reward/tip from your patient. The job should be reward enough. If this happened to me, I would politely decline that huge volume of cash and let the lawyers sort out who will get it. Would I be tempted? Yes ma'm but it just wouldn't be right..
I know in most hospitals they don't allow this, but I have mixed feelings if it was right or not if offered. If someone feels you were that special to them and want to give you something I don't see anything wrong with it. It's not that you go into the work to get rewards. I found someones wallet once. There was a lot of cash in it (I was looking for an ID) when I returned it they game me 20 bucks. (I was a teen at the time and that might have well been 100) I told them they didn't need to pay me for doing what was morally right but they insisted. It's a gray area I think for sure.
We had a nurse that did pallative care talk to us. She was great at what she did and truly went above and beyond. Often using her own money to do projects for those that were dying so they could leave stuff for family. One example is a young mother with 2 children. She had 2 months to live about. She went and bought a bunch of cards for different occasions and had the mom write them to her children. Then they gave them to someone so on the childs birthday or graduation and what not the kid had a card from their mother to read. How incredibly wonderful that is. This woman went above and beyond what she had to do. She had a patient once leave her a horse, it was an expensive horse. They bonded over the last few months of his life and talked about horses a lot. The hospital had a policy on no gifts. He left it to her in his will. Well she couldn't accept and the family was so insistent that she have the horse that they sold it to her for a dollar.