Ideas for Gift for nursing instructors??

  1. just wondering if anybody had any "unique & creative" ideas about what our class can give our nursing instructors??
    in the past, i know some of the classes gave a plaque with their names (students) or a picture of the class. i want to do something more creative, to express our appreciation as a whole. thanks for your input!!!
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  3. by   SNjamie
    we've given gift certificates. one to the school spa, one for a massage, one for a nice restaurant.
  4. by   Whispera
    a trophy! (just kidding)

    some things I've gotten were plants and candy. one year I had mentioned that I like butterfinger candy bars...I got a big one from each student at the end of the year! That surely made me smile.
  5. by   avator288
    If it's a bad nursing instructor, I have had unfortunate experiences in that arena, then you should begift them a lump of coal.
  6. by   avator288
    With bad clinical instructors, tell them to go back to nursing and get out of education.
  7. by   Spencer2002
    A swift kick in the pants! My nursing instructors were EVIL!
  8. by   aileenve
    Some of my students have given me gift cards to Bath and Body Works, Tim Horton's (coffee) or Starbucks
  9. by   NC29mom
    gosh, all of my nursing instructors were great!! that's why we would like to do something very special.
  10. by   misplaced1
    Honestly we did that too in nursing school, gave the instructors gifts. I think it is completely inappropriate that they accept gifts if you ask me. And yes I have taught at the college levels. I have never ever seen another career track where poor students buy instructors a gift at the end of the semester. It is truely absurd but completely expected. Nursing needs to get into the 21st century. I am amazed that the universtiy continues to allow the instructors to take gifts.
  11. by   jorjaRN
    We did gift certificates for restaraunts or a spa as well.

    I personally don't think it's ridiculous or inappropriate to give a clinical instuctor who is spending 20 hours a week interacting on a very personal level, putting thier liscense on the line for the purpose of you education a small gift AFTER grades have been turned in. Granted, my clinicals were pass/fail, so we didn't even get a letter grade from those instructors. I also never felt obligated to buy a gift for an instructor either. I also know a couple of my friends with completely different majors did buy gifts for some of the instructors who they had smaller group experiences with.
  12. by   rn/writer
    Gift cards are a great idea. I have also seen coffee-themed baskets, or other treats.

    But in addition to the tangible items, consider having each member of the group write a personal note telling what you appreciate about her. The teachers I know keep these written messages long after the other goodies have disappeared.
  13. by   avator288
    great answers
    Last edit by avator288 on Mar 10, '10 : Reason: redudant
  14. by   Angels_wearScrubs
    We usually all pitch in 10 dollars or so each, buy our clinical instructor a thank you card, and a mani/pedi at the salon. Then we also all pitch in 2 or 3 dollars each and buy the floor we have been "working" on doughnuts the last day of clinical.