What's the nicest thing a patient has done for you? - page 3

The other day a patient baked me a homemade berry pie and brought it up to the floor with a really nice note saying some of the sweetest things! It made me feel so special!... Read More

  1. by   hypnotic_nurse
    When I was 21 and moving out of the house, one of my RN Mom's home-health patients gave me an iron frying pan which I still have and use to this day.

    The best thing I got from one of my patients: one of my peds research patients came back in for a recheck, and when asked who her nurse was, said "The smiley one!" My coworkers are still calling me that!
  2. by   dphrn
    A sincere thank you always pulls on my heart strings.
  3. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    What wonderful stories. I'm getting misty over here, sniff, sniff......

    One gift, I was given years ago by a hospice pt. It is sitting on my filing cabinet, right here where I can see it.

    It is a musical plaque that says "Our hearts remember everything" on it, and it plays "As Time Goes By."

    This past Valentine's Day, one of my favorite pts, a lovely woman, gave me a beautiful teacup and saucer. The card with it says "To my favorite nurse. You are the apple of God's eye, and mine too. I love you."

    I'm getting even more misty just writing about it.
  4. by   Priti
    Quote from hapeewendy
    Well thats nice and touching and all but you forgot the most important part....

    go home ... and not come back!
    haha jk!

    I've been blessed enough to take care of some truly fantastic people who have said and done some wonderful things for me. That is why I'm still where I am, for those patients
    a few ones stick out
    was taking care of a man and we just got along famously , between him and his roomate in the next bed I was all set, talk about stress free assignment, it sounds so hokey but its true it was a joy to take care of these 2. Anyway the first guy , upon discharge, got his wife to go get me a gift basket with hand lotions and special soaps (he had overheard me complaining to someone about the sad state of my dry hands ) , then the second patient, the one I got along so well with, got me a #1nurse keychain with my name engraved on it, he said that it would come in handy when I was going home after a bad day , to open the door and see that I really am making a difference in peoples lives.
    lovely thank you letter from a patients daughter expressing that she had never met someone like me before and that I allowed her father to pass away with dignity and for her to deal with her grief successfully, that meant a lot because initially when I was dealing with palliative patients or death I dont feel I did so very well.
    truth be told that the nice things that have been said to me outnumber any gifts...you know somedays are really good days
    this is the most touching i've read these are the things that just let you love and appreciate your job - knowing that you are making a difference in someone else's life. well done.

    let me share my experience. well when i just started as a new grad i worked at a clinic and i would counsel the htn/dm extensively and at the end of a session most would tell me thanks and that i had given them useful information that would just boost my self confidence.

    also as a pupil midwife i encountered a young lady who had a still birth we explained to her that her baby had died but she was in a state of denial after she delivered she gave us the clothes along with baby powder to apply to the baby; after we dressed the baby we allowed her to see the child and you know.... anyway myself and some two other pupils consoled her.

    long after i got a message that someone had left me a gift. she left me a thank you card aand a bedside clock i was really touched because she said i had helped her so much while she was in labour. the thing is as nurses we just do what we are suppose to do but a kind word or small show of concern means so much to someone who's ill.
  5. by   kitty29
    over the years I've been given such nice things, but one of the neatest was a gift cert. to a local green house. I purchased a forget-me-not plant in memories of a baby who passed away. This was almost 20 years ago, I'll never forget him or his family.
  6. by   Stewie
    i was recently working in the peds er and was having a very bad day! i was walking a 5 y/o to the restroom when the doctor stopped me at the nurses station. the little girl stopped along side me and put her arm around my waist and said, "it will be ok!" that made my day! sometimes words are greater than gifts.
  7. by   CEN35
    send me a card, and a tray of cookies!! :-)
  8. by   DANRN2000
    I was asked to be a pallbearer for a long time patients funeral! Felt funny at first not being a relative or close friend but it's an honor I'll treasure forever.
  9. by   DANRN2000
    We "the ER staff" recieve a beautiful plant for our triage area each July 2nd with a simple note reading "Thanks for another great year" Love, Tony and family.
    Tony coded in our ER July 2nd 1998 and lived! He has never forgotten us!
  10. by   DANRN2000
    I also keep a memory box! Every once in a while when I'm just at my wits end with all the negative things happening in the nursing profession I open it up and read a few notes from my patients and families. It's a great anitdepressent!!!! (major side effect is a smile form ear to ear)
  11. by   MandyInMS
    I've gotten homemade cookies,cakes,cards, flowers , over the years...the thing I think is the 'nicest' is when a pt tells you thank you, and how much they appreciate you, and how it makes them feel better just to know YOU are there and make them feel safe/cared about....one time that stands out is a 90plus pt a while back...I was under mega-stress @ work/home and it was taking a toll on me big time..but as we all know, we put on our "nurse face" when at work and can't let things that bother us show to our pts...I had been caring for this sweetie lady for a couple of nights, and just before I got off work one morning she told me how blessed she felt for the care and compassion I showed her..and how I would have a special place in heaven..I lost it..sat there and sobbed like a baby..I don't think she had any idea how much I NEEDED to hear that at that moment..we hugged for what was probably a few minutes, but that few minutes helped more than any " gift " ever could
  12. by   missmercy
    Thanks for posting this question. there have been so many REALLY special patients over the years!! Today has been an absolutely horrible day and taking the few minutes to think back over the nicest things has been a blessing!!!

    I think my most treasured memory is the little lady who spoke no English at the nursing home I worked in. I was 17. Did her hair in french braids every time I worked -- she would smile a mile wide and gush in Italian. The evening she died, I brushed her hair -- didn't braid it because she couldn't sit up long enough -- my shift ended and I went to say good night -- held her hand as she died -- her only daughter held the other hand -- she whispered something in Italian shortly before she passed on When she was gone, the daughter told me that what she had wispered was a prayer --thanking God for her "two daughters" and asking Him to comfort and bless our lives. Estella and I are still close -- write frequently and visit when we are in town at the same time. I will never forget how "momma" shared her daughter with me

    Any way....

    Thanks again for giving me a chance to pull away from all the @%%$ that is going on today and reminding me of the many beautiful moments nursing has given me. I needed that!!!
  13. by   movealong
    I have a memory box too! It's filled with cards and notes. I've received lots of little nursing statue type things, hand made potholders and the towels that hang from the stove or frig handle. Lots of little things. Candles, lotions, candy and fruit. Really hard to pick one out. I get the warm fuzzies from all of them. I quess I received a cross with a necklace would be the one I might choose. Not expensive but very sweet.