I personally haven't, I have however given a card with my thoughts and appreciation to the instructor especially if they made some sort of positive impact on me. I have found as a CNA nothing means more to me than to be given gratitude, especially in writing!
We usually brought in goodies at the end of our clinical rotation, like bagels or donuts or fruit. Also, we usually got a card for our instructor and some kind of little gift, usually a gift certificate. I think it's a nice thing to do. If there is a nurse on the floor who took students under their wing, I'm sure they would appreciate a thank you note as well
We've done different things- we've bought breakfast for the floor, cooked them breakfast, bought a gift basket for the instructor,
flowers, cards, houseplants, etc. The objective is to demonstrate your appreciation in some way, and the staff and instructors always loved whatever it was.
At one of my clinical rotations, my instructor bought a little snacky-snack for each department we visited and a card for each of the departments and then had all the students sign. I thought it was an incredibly kind gesture in appreciation for them letting us use their facility.
Never once did I do a clinical rotation where we did not give a small gift (usually food) to the floor on the last day along with a card and a thank you card to the instructor. When I worked in the hospital, I cannot recall any clinical group that did not bring food to us on their last day either. I don't think it is necessary or should be expected- part of working in a teaching hospital is having nursing students around- but it is a nice gesture on the part of the students since it is a lot of work for floor nurses when there are students around and they don't get any extra pay or appreciation from their management/the hospital for everything they do with said students.
We as a group gave food, doughnuts, snacks, fruit. On one occasion I was on a unit where the nurses really participated in the clinical experiance and I gave the ones I worked with privately a small gift bag with ink pens, note pads, and small bottle of lotion. in case you havent figured it out nurses usually love Ink pens. : )
not a practice in our facility unless someone chooses on their own. Not a good habit. Becomes an expectation and then destroys the purpose of gifting.
THANK YOU! There is nothing that drives me more flipping insane than tacking on an extra 30 minutes to post conference while everyone discusses what flavor of muffins we should get. Every quarter its worse I swear. First quarter was a box of donuts and a card for the CI and floor. Now that we are in fifth I'm sure we will be discussing who will bring the turducken. 'But they will get thirsty while eating the turducken! I will make fruit punch!' 'Drinking the punch will remind them of their grandmother's o orchard. Can someone pick up a fruit tray?'. Before you know it our group of 7 is spending 50$+. I'm a poor nursing student and this isn't a party planning committee! I've got homework to do.
As someone who works on a floor with students regularly, I can honestly say I don't care whether they bring us anything. A donut isn't going to make me less annoyed with the student who sat at the nurses station telling us how much she hated our floor and that she was "much more into the ED thing".