How do you brighten your patients day?

  1. 12 Nurses do amazing and creative things to make their patient's day brighter.

    My daughter was greeted with this wonderful artwork last week when she went in for a well visit It sure made her feel special! Kudos to creative nurses!



    Please share your stories or cool things you have seen other nurses do to put a smile on a patients face
    Last edit by brian on Aug 28, '13
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    About Brian, ADN

    Brian has '18+' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'CCU, Geriatrics, Critical Care, Tele'. From 'Minnesota'; Joined Mar '98; Posts: 15,285; Likes: 16,211.

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  4. Visit  meanmaryjean profile page
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    I work in PICU and a very generous donor has provided us with hundreds of books to give our patients as gifts.

    Every time I give a book away, I tell the patient that they were selected to receive the book because they were elected "Outstanding Patient of the Day" by the PICU nurses.
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    meanmaryjean, that is awesome! Great Job! I bet they feel special hearing that from their nurse
  6. Visit  Caprica6 profile page
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    I'll take the flowers & balloons left at the nurse's station by discharged patients and re-gift them to patients who need some cheering up. They're usually so surprised!
  7. Visit  BrandonLPN profile page
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    I turn the light above their bed on.
  8. Visit  kjrobinetteSN profile page
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    Quote from BrandonLPN
    I turn the light above their bed on.
    Hahahahaha!!!! I needed that lol today!
    turnforthenurseRN and brandy1017 like this.
  9. Visit  MedChica profile page
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    - I buy sodas. Give them their Diet Coke, cigarettes and 'dip- dip'...and they're happy.
    - I buy certain residents food during my lunch breaks. Healthy things like Subway, McDonald's Snack Wraps, etc...
    I'd buy for everyone but then they'd all have 'expectations'. It's bad enough that they 'shake me down' for soda money every time I come to work.
    prnqday, BrandonLPN, and brandy1017 like this.
  10. Visit  Tinker88 profile page
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    I think I would have way too much time preparing something like that! Lol I love it!
  11. Visit  SNB1014 profile page
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    just by being my cheery, natural/"pharmaceutically" enhanced" self!
    Wheels28 and brandy1017 like this.
  12. Visit  Wheels28 profile page
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    Just a patient, but I had a nurse who knew I was feeling down, I woke up and found on my tray table a "Get Well" card, every nurse on the unit signed it, each wrote something nice or funny in the card, and it did cheer me up!! My nurse told me I figured since you like nurses so much that you would get a kick out of it. I thought it was nice of them to take time to write in the card. It was something small but meant so much to me.
    prmenrs and brandy1017 like this.
  13. Visit  Stcroix profile page
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    Dilaudid iv push
  14. Visit  beckster_01 profile page
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    I'm so glad many of these responses are sarcastic. While the OP example was cute, sometimes (like today) I just want to do my job. No more, no less. Just let me be a robot, do a little teaching, and make sure nobody dies.
    prnqday, BrandonLPN, and noyesno like this.
  15. Visit  BrandonLPN profile page
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    Quote from beckster_01
    I'm so glad many of these responses are sarcastic. While the OP example was cute, sometimes (like today) I just want to do my job. No more, no less. Just let me be a robot, do a little teaching, and make sure nobody dies.
    Sarcasm brightens my day more than cutesy pictures. I know some patients feel that way, too.
    cardiacfreak likes this.


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