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

  1. 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?

    Last edit by ammonthenephite on Jan 30, '13
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  3. by   dah doh
    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.
  4. by   amoLucia
    It's a nice gesture that will be appreciated --- just make sure you have plenty!
  5. by   ammonthenephite
    Excellent. Doughnuts are good, but can be sticky......cookies are good, but are crumbly. As nurses, what are your preferred snacks?
  6. by   amoLucia
    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.
  7. by   Meriwhen
    Offerings of food are very much appreciated


    1. Only bring them on the last day when you are finished with your rotation. Bringing in food every day smacks of 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.
  8. by   netglow
    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.
  9. by   HouTx

    You are now the most favorite-est student ever!!!
  10. by   NurseOnAMotorcycle
    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)
  11. by   amoLucia
    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.
  12. by   loriangel14
    I would suggest something healthy like fruit or veggies and dip.Why does everyone assume that junk food is the best gift? Heaven knows I have enough trouble staying away from it, I don't need it on the report table at work.
  13. by   Rhi007
    We just had a doctor leave and he brought a mud cake then cut it up into bits and placed it in the tea room
  14. by   lauraah2500
    It's a great idea to show how much you appreciate the staff.