Want to gift my aides for Christmas

  1. Hi, everyone!

    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!
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  3. by   Ruby Vee
    The most fabulous gift I ever got from a manager at work was a mason jar filled with about eleven different varieties of beans, a spice packet and a recipe for soup. What made it fabulous was the card that accompanied it. She had written a note thanking me for my very unique and specific contributions to the unit and praising my strengths. I have that card posted on my bulletion board, and I get teary every time I think of it!
  4. by   tewdles
    I agree with Ruby, something personal is nicest and generally well recieved.
  5. by   MarcyRN
    LOVE this, Ruby. I planned on writing a heartfelt card for each of the aides I want to gift, too. Thank you for the reminder. :-)