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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.

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meanmaryjean has 40 years experience as a DNP, RN and specializes in NICU, ICU, PICU, Academia.

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

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

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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

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

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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.

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Fiona59 has 18 years experience.

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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

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LesMonsterRN has 25 years experience as a ADN, RN and specializes in LTC.

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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!

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Esme12 is a ASN, BSN, RN and specializes in Critical Care, ED, Cath lab, CTPAC,Trauma.

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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

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HappyWife77 has 20 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Gerontology RN-BC and FNP MSN student.

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Frozen ice cream cake from DQ. :)

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laKrugRN specializes in Cardiac, ER, Pediatrics, Corrections.

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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?!

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imintrouble has 16 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in LTC Rehab Med/Surg.

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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.

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amoLucia specializes in LTC.

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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.

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