What's the nicest thing a patient has done for you? - page 6

The other day a patient baked me a homemade berry pie and brought it up to the floor with a really nice note saying some of the sweetest things! It made me feel so special!... Read More

  1. by   NEC1970
    lot's of experiences come to mind. i received a beautiful mug with chocolates inside recently. the most touching are the words spoken from a patient after they been through hell and back with all the invasive procedures, intubated and really, really sick and they mouth thank you and reach out for your hand. that gets me every time.

    andrew

  2. by   lpnstudentin2010
    I just want to know...would it be thought of as wierd by an or nurse to get a thank you note along with a request that if possible they be my or nurse again? cuz i did this and i fear she thought it was wierd
  3. by   lpnstudentin2010
    Quote from JBudd
    Well, this was from all the great folks I work with rather than a patient: when my dh was diagnosed with CA, everyone donated enough sick leave that I was able to take care of him at home for 4 1/2 months on full pay.
    that is SO SWEET
  4. by   lisaow
    A ten year old boy wrote me a hand-written apology letter for being a "smarty pants". I LOVED IT. It was completely unprompted by anyone (he didn't have parents...).
  5. by   moonshadeau
    The nicest thing a patient ever did for me was when I was still back in nursing school working as a Nurse Tech in a LTC. I had met this gentleman during one of my clinical rotations on an inpatient drug and alcohol facility. Then shortly after he came to stay at the LTC facility that I had worked for. He was a younger man (50's) who was stuck in a life of an 90 year old. He was on the waiting list for a new liver and had to stay clean for 6 months. One day he decided that he was going to go spend time up with his family at the casino. Except he didn't have a ride back. Here I am thinking that I can "save" this patient in my naive sense and we had quite the few words, he didn't end up going. I only worked the weekends and he deteriorated rapidly going in and out of the hospital several times with high ammonia levels and liver failure. During Christmas I came into work and found a small bear in a bag. The note said from "santa", but I was told that it was from this patient. He had spent his own money to get me something small. When I asked where he was, I was told that earlier in the week he had basically walked out of the facility to the nearest bar and drank himself to death. So here I was holding a christmas present from a patient that was already gone. It was very sad. I still have the bear to this day.
  6. by   steelcityrn
    Besides all the candy and angel pins, my favorite was the call to the office to come pick up some homemade stuffed pork chops, from the wife of a patient. OMG were they tasty!!!
  7. by   Brita01
    Years ago when I was a home health aide, I took care of a 36 yo patient with Lou Gehrig's Disease. The only way that she was able to communicate was by smiling yes or frowning no while you pointed to letters on a message board. One day we were watching television and a commercial came on advertising a "Pure Moods" CD that I planned on buying eventually. While I gave her her bath, I gabbed on like I usually do and mentioned how I wanted to buy that CD. The commercial went off, and I continued to gab on about other stuff. Months passed and Christmas came. I had never bought that CD. However when I went in to give my patient her bath that Christmas eve, she had her mother present me with a gift. When I unwrapped it, I couldn't believe it. It was the Pure Moods CD that I had mentioned in passing months ago. When she saw the look on my face, she just smiled and smiled and made noises like she was trying to laugh. Not only had she remembered that I wanted it, but she found a way to communicate to her mother to get it for me. That was one of the best gifts I've ever received.
  8. by   annmariern
    A note, from the COPDer, in his 70's, anxious, cranky. In it he wrote to my CNC that when he knew I was coming on the night shift, he relaxed, and slept well because he knew I would be there for him.
  9. by   jyoung1950
    Quote from RN always
    The other day a patient baked me a homemade berry pie and brought it up to the floor with a really nice note saying some of the sweetest things! It made me feel so special!
    The ones that let me know they are aware of how hard we work and tell me that they pray for us.
  10. by   PedsER-RN
    not long after i got off orientation i took care of a 4 y/o asthmatic. when i went in to d/c him home, he handed me a couple pieces of green paper. his mom said while he was doing his treatments he 'wrote' me a thank-you note. he was so sweet. i still have his notes in my day planner.

    another time i was taking care of a newborn and shortly after i started the iv the dad thanked me for doing a good job. it was flattering to have a family who was conscientious enough to thank the nurse taking care of their baby, even when they had every right to be completely focused on her, not what i was doing.
  11. by   LilRedRN1973
    Wrote a beautiful letter to our CNO of the hospital declaring their thanks for making them feel welcome in our unit and making the last few weeks of their loved one's life a gift. I could care less about the recognition paper and gift certificate the hospital awarded me with....the letter was more than enough. I felt like I made a difference in the patient's life (what was left) and the family's life.

    Melanie = )
  12. by   mawlvn
    The wife of a 30 y/o cva patient that waited until I came in after he died to give me a hug and rosary. I still have the rosary.
  13. by   SweetieRN
    I did have a patient offer to tip me once! I had job offers to be a nanny for patients' babies and I've also have had offers to be "set up" with patients brothers, uncles, etc.

    I prefer a smile and a "thank-you" myself :spin:
    Last edit by SweetieRN on Mar 26, '06

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