I have had many moments like this, where patients have hugged me, thanked me, left me treats (they have sent fruit baskets, cakes, candies, etc..), and thank you notes. It is definitely the biggest reward this job can offer IMO. BUT I would like to mention something that warmed my heart that wasn't related to me. As a prep nurse you are with a person in their most anxious moment, right before surgery. I, as usual checked my patients armband, but this particular time it was bulky. I said "whoa, something is wrong with your armband. Its bulky." Her daughter looks up and says, "No, I put a prayer in there." She'd written a prayer, folded it up really small, and taped it to her moms armband. SOooooo sweet!