That "Thank you" goes MILES for me as well. It really keeps you going for another couple of weeks/months until you genuinely hear it again Coming to home care has really increased the frequency though which is nice! Glad you had a good shift!
I'm a compliment monster. I eat things like that up! I like the 'you're so nice' or 'you're a nice nurse' or 'you're purty' comments.
Words like that have really pulled me out of some dark moods. There's been times where I was in the break-room having 20 conniption fits. Grrr. I'll step out to finish my rounds. Grrrr. Walk into a room. Grrr.
...and a resident lays that on me?
I forget what I felt so crappy about and feel 'all better', again.
I'll tell ya, I had one really nasty night last week, the beginning of a three day stretch of 12 hour nights. I prayed about it, to be able to let it go and to hopefully have better nights. Then each night after that I had a patient just say thank you and hug me, it was wonderful to feel appreciated and is definitely something to carry me through.
it is a such a nice feeling.. my patient today said "thanks for all your help." He came on the floor about (depressed, isolative, flat affect)...today smiling and looking forward to discharge very soon!!
Or when a caretaker daughter says "we've never had a good experience in this ER before, I wish you had been our nurse the other times". Then writes a pt feedback card that goes to your boss and gets put in your file, saying really nice things. Still have my copy of that card.