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Appropriate gift for co-workers when leaving job?

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A week from Wednesday will be my last day at the first job I have had as an RN. I work on a med surg floor since April of 2013. I love my co-workers and my manager is fantastic, but an opportunity arose on a cardiac stepdown floor at a hospital significantly closer to home. I am a guy - and I guess by nature I'm not the most creative gift giver. I'd like to make a gesture showing my appreciation for all the help they've given me, whether that be ordering them food or something more thoughtful. I'd be open to any suggestions. thanks.

meanmaryjean, DNP, RN

Specializes in NICU, ICU, PICU, Academia. Has 40 years experience.

Coffee supplies? Like a gift basket with coffee, flavored creamers and the like?

You're very thoughtful- good luck in your new position!

that's a twist: you're the one leaving, and instead of expecting to RECEIVE a going-away gift, you're planning to give one? Very nice :)

Hard to say what's appropriate, since it certainly isn't the norm....can't say I've even seen it done!

But I'd think that anything consumable is appreciated :D

Yup, if you must treat them go with an edible...

Thanks a lot for the thoughtful responses.

Like I said, they have been good to me. Deciding to leave wasn't easy. They hired me as a new grad and I have only been there a year and a few months. Ideally I would have stayed at least 2 years, but I don't know when an opportunity like this will present itself again so I had to pounce. Cutting my commute down from 45-50 minutes each way to less than 10 minutes.

I think coffee supplies is a great idea. The coffee on the floor sucks and lord knows we go through a lot of it, especially on nights.

thanks again.

Fiona59

Has 18 years experience.

It's pretty normal up my way to give something to your team when you leave.

One that comes to mind is canning jars filled with black pens. We all need pens!

We've had the coffee and cakes delivery as well.

Bring cookies on your first day to your new crew. They will love you.

Good luck

LesMonsterRN, ADN, RN

Specializes in LTC. Has 25 years experience.

What a classy thing to do! Edibles are always a hit and I like the jar of pens idea, too. Good luck in your new position!

Esme12, ASN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care, ED, Cath lab, CTPAC,Trauma. Has 41 years experience.

Thanks a lot for the thoughtful responses.

Like I said, they have been good to me. Deciding to leave wasn't easy. They hired me as a new grad and I have only been there a year and a few months. Ideally I would have stayed at least 2 years, but I don't know when an opportunity like this will present itself again so I had to pounce. Cutting my commute down from 45-50 minutes each way to less than 10 minutes.

I think coffee supplies is a great idea. The coffee on the floor sucks and lord knows we go through a lot of it, especially on nights.

thanks again.

You sir are a rare gem. Good Coffee. Always a hit. I would get a couple boxes of some good tea for the non coffee drinkers.

Good luck on your new adventure

HappyWife77, BSN, RN

Specializes in Gerontology RN-BC and FNP MSN student. Has 21 years experience.

Frozen ice cream cake from DQ. :)

laKrugRN

Specializes in Cardiac, ER, Pediatrics, Corrections.

I baked my co-workers cupcakes when I left my last job (grocery store haha) maybe pick up some nice gourmet cupcakes and put them in the break room with a nice note thanking them for being a great team! Who doesn't love cupcakes?!

imintrouble, BSN, RN

Specializes in LTC Rehab Med/Surg. Has 16 years experience.

Edibles don't last long, but they sure make an impression.

If the goodies are only for the shift you work, that's ok. But if it's for everybody, I'd suggest having two separate batches of whatever labeled "days" and "nights".

As a night shifter who usually only gets the crumbs, I especially appreciate it when any food gift is fairly divided.

What a nice thing to do.

amoLucia

Specializes in LTC.

Edibles don't last long, but they sure make an impression.

If the goodies are only for the shift you work, that's ok. But if it's for everybody, I'd suggest having two separate batches of whatever labeled "days" and "nights".

As a night shifter who usually only gets the crumbs, I especially appreciate it when any food gift is fairly divided.

What a nice thing to do.

Definitely a nice thing to do esp to remember all shifts as able. If you're really able, a nice coffee pot as your gift will be the one that will be remembered after you're gone.

edmia, BSN, RN

Specializes in Emergency, ICU. Has 10 years experience.

Very nice thought! I've always brought a gift when leaving a job. Last one was easy -- the coffee maker was old and pretty gross so I replaced it with a new one. It only cost me $30 and my co-workers were really surprised that I left them something useful and badly needed. They loved it.

Edibles go quickly but a useful item will always remind them of the thoughtful person you are.

tarotale

Has 1 years experience.

I can empathize edwin on this. I am leaving this Friday also to specialty, but the only thing I will miss is my night crew and my manager. I wish I can take them with me. I kind of wanted to ask the same thing, so appreciate all for the inputs.

the pen idea is really great, and also the unit seems to always lose extra rulers and scissors! Maybe I can get them some. I plan to give the whole day and night crew some truffles. I know a Belgian truffle shop that sells 100 truffles for just $30 bucks!! But basic school supplies..... I should add that to my gift inventory. I know people usually don't go back to visit their workplace, but I know I will waltz along there on my days off sometime with slices of pizza for my crew... gosh I love them.

HappyWife77, BSN, RN

Specializes in Gerontology RN-BC and FNP MSN student. Has 21 years experience.

Panera bread assorted bagels and cream cheeses and muffins. :)

vrey86, ADN, CNA

Specializes in ADN, RMA, CNA.

These are great ideas! I'm starting the nursing program and am leaving my medical assisting job of two years. I had no clue what to gift my coworkers, I thought candles, mugs, notepads, nothing worked . But cupcakes and coffee are great ideas. Thanks everyone!