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Do your families give you anything for the holidays?

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by CloudySue CloudySue (Member) Member Nurse

CloudySue has 6 years experience and specializes in Pediatric Private Duty; Camp Nursing.

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I dunno, it's not like I'm really looking to GET anything, but holidays seem to be a good time for families to demonstrate how much one is NOT appreciated. I sat at the table doing my paperwork while the clinical manager came for her monthly visit, and the mom gave her two gift bags: one for her and one for the scheduling manager. Right in front of my face. I left empty-handed, and I've been her daughter's favorite nurse for two years.

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Daisy_08 has 5 years experience as a BSN, RN.

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Wow, that sucks. Sorry. I know it shouldn't have been a big deal, but I can understand how much that would hurt, especially with the relationship would have developed being in their home for two years. Honestly I may have cried on the way home.

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smurfynursey specializes in peds palliative care and hospice.

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I got a card with my patient's picture.

(hugs) that would have upset me too...

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Elektra6 has 14 years experience as a ASN, BSN, RN and specializes in Home Health, LTC, subacute.

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They give me too much! I keep telling them not to lol. Oh well I give them things too.

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I got fired by mom one week before Christmas. The reason; I was too attached to the little girl and she was to me and I guess mom was jealous. I have worked there for over 2 years. So, I got so much appreciation from the family. Happy New Year!!!

My new goal in a year 2013: NEVER WORK AS A PDN, EVER!!!

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PediLove2147 has 7 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Pediatric Cardiology.

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Last year one family gave me a ceramic coffee cup and a card. The other just a card. Both cards had pictures of the family.

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Not_A_Hat_Person has 10 years experience as a RN and specializes in Geriatrics, Home Health.

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One family gave all of their nurses gift bags, including me.

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I received a T-shirt with one of the patients favorite characters on it, movie tickets and a box of chocolates and they also had a little gift for my daughter. The best part was the card with nice things written about me.

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A gift card for coffee and a nice Christmas card. I give my familes a simple "Happy Holidays" card.

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PerfectlyPlump is a ADN, RN and specializes in Peds, developmental disability.

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livtek,

Any ideas on where you will go next?

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Sorry to hear that you got fired livtek. I was too attached to the child I was caring for too. I didn't get fired but I think Mom was glad to see me go. I left PDN. What a relief!

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HisTreasure has 10 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Pediatrics.

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I'm not working as a PDN currently, but we have PDNs in the home. We gave our nurses iTunes/App Store and Racetrack gift cards. They weren't much ($25/$25 split) so total $50 worth of gifts in a card signed by each of us, "including" Gemma (not her real name). Everyone of the 6 nurses seemed really thankful, except one who is only here twice per month, who went out of her way to tell me her full time case gave her a subscription of some kind to Amazon with coffees for her professional grade Keurig. It made me feel really bad and a bit awkward, too, because we happened to be talking about it over coffee I had just made in my Cuisinart single serve coffeemaker (uses K-cups) that I was so excited about purchasing on sale at Big Lots... I'll probably think long and hard about whether to give gifts to the nurses again next year.

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