I'm a relatively new hospice nurse (started September 17) and am mostly LOVING it. It's so much more than I ever thought it would be. There are good days and bad, like any other job, but oh my gosh, do I love the connection with families, and the genuine gratitude they usually display when I visit. It's so unbelievably rewarding.
Anyway, one of the many things that blows me away in a good way about this job is the caliber of my CNAs. They. Are. Amazing. And horribly, horribly mistreated by their scheduler. But that's a story for another day. I want to do Christmas gifts for the aides I work with on the most regular basis. I have one FT aide in a nursing home where I have four patients, so I'm there a lot and see her a lot. I have six home care patients, and another aide takes care of three of them on a daily basis. There are a couple of other aides I come in contact with...I want to give them Christmas gifts (there are 4 in particular) but I'm not sure of the protocols of such an action.
1. Is this "fair?" I mean, we have about 20-25 aides total in our territory. Part of me is saying "if you do for one, you have to do for all," but most of them, I don't know and will never meet.
2. Is this appropriate? I don't want to set a precedent that I necessarily have to follow every year. I don't want word to get around that I'm a good RN case manager to work with because I give Christmas gifts. LOL.
3. If you guys who have more hospice experience than me think this is an acceptable act, I would sure LOVE some actual gift ideas. I'd love to hear what you do. I'm thinking in the $25 range and am always looking for creative/different gift ideas beyond the typical gift cards, etc., though I will use them as a backup if need be.
As always, thanks!