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Nursing is a lifestyle … it’s so much more than a job. Nurses are inducted into a secret society … bound by a lifetime pact to save lives.
So, here is the ultimate list of gifts for nurses and nursing students.
We thrive on our secret language, killer sense of humor . . . and an unpredictable sleep schedule. And pots of coffee, lots of coffee.
Nurses are a rare breed with unique needs. I figured it’d be great to compile a gigantic list of best nursing student gifts ideas. I hope these ideas will help you make life easier for the budding nurse in your life.
They need your help to crack the code and join the coveted ranks of RN.
The best gifts for nurses are in four categories (in order):
It’s no secret that nurses are a fountain of knowledge. Nurses read, memorize, and understand a gazillion pages of medical information.
And that takes time and practice. Gifting a nurse or a nursing student scrubcheat is a great way to ease this burden. Not only does a scrubcheat make a fun study companion … but it also helps nurses remain sharp and knowledgeable. Makes a great Christmas or Graduation gift.
It’s not secret … nurses struggle to stay organized in a busy, often chaotic work environment. A nursing clipboard is the one gift that can help a nurse stay organized … and sane.
Our pick of the best nursing clipboard keeps you from being overburdened … so you can run into a code brown or blue unhindered. It packs the reports and color-coded medical cheat sheets into a sleek and stylish folder.
This nursing clipboard puts the nurse in control. It provides all the information a nurse needs without bogging them down.
Nurses heart their patients. Corny but true… they regularly monitor heartbeats to detect anomalies. EKG calipers is a thoughtful gift for a nurse as it sharpens the ability to read and interpret charts.
Reading and interpreting EKG can be scary and overwhelming. It takes lots of practice to build the skills and confidence. Get this for a student nurse, and they’ll treasure it forever.
Nurses are handy with scissors … they must be when attending to medical emergencies. ER nurses use trauma shears to cut away clothing from trauma patients … sometimes, they must slay stubborn EMS straps to rescue a patient.
A good pair of trauma shears make quick work of any clothing item to spare a nurses’ hands.
Nurses were fastidiously washing their hands long before the pandemic made it a staple … and will continue after it’s long gone. But hospitals use harsh soaps and detergents … rightly so because pesky germs aren’t welcome.
Gifting a nurse or student nurse a gentle cream helps heal, repair, and relieve their skin. It shows a deep appreciation for what the nurses endure to keep safe and sanitary.
It’s worth repeating … nursing is a calling, not a career. This beautifully written memoir gives a detailed account of what it takes to be a nurse.
Juliana Adam shares her experiences as a nurse … that run the gamut … from heart soaring to heart-wrenching. It’s the eye-opener that a fledgling nurse needs to temper expectations. Or a seasoned veteran needs to reconnect with their calling.
I will skip right over the double entendre … and point out that no better book explores the subjects of human cadavers with this degree of hilarity.
Aptly named funniest and most unusual book by Entertainment Weekly, this book dulls the edge of working with cadavers. It explores their … good deeds … over the centuries with a sidesplitting but educational lens.