How Do You Say Thank You to Nurses?

Written by
Jacky Habib
May 1, 2023

Nurses play an essential role in keeping patients and communities healthy. Working long hours on their feet and expending emotional energy like nurses do daily takes a special type of person. Not only are nurses frontline heroes, but they're also unsung heroes. Once every year, nurses receive recognition through nurse appreciation day and nurse appreciation week, known as National Nurses Week—but you don't have to wait until that special occasion to celebrate nurses. 

Whether a nurse has supported you through medical recovery, helped your family navigate the healthcare system, or contributed to your community through education and advocacy, you may want to thank them for their efforts by giving a nurse appreciation gift. One way to show your gratitude is by giving them a thoughtful gift that recognizes their contributions and makes their job easier or more comfortable. 

In this blog post, we'll share some of the top thank-you gifts for nurses to show them how much you value their hard work and dedication. No matter your budget or time constraints, we've got you covered with some great ideas that will surely put a smile on any nurse's face.

What Is a Good Thank You Gift for Nursing Staff?

gift basket

The below list is a compilation of some of our favorite nurse appreciation gifts, including scrubs, stethoscopes, and chocolate. What more could a nurse want? 

What Gifts Do Nurses Really Want? 

What better way to know what to gift a nurse than to hear from nurses themselves? The following appreciation gift ideas for nurses are offered by nurses themselves. Check out the suggestions below for a range of options. 

  • "My patients who thank me mean the world to me. Sure, buying us snacks, lunch or coffee is always, always appreciated, but just saying 'thank you' or writing a note means a lot." - Kim W.
  • "As amazing as it is to have recognition for what we do, I'm not asking for cake or cookies or pizza. I am asking for patients to be more accepting, understanding and aware." - Taylor J.
  • "I can tell you some of my most memorable moments have been when a parent shakes my hand or gives me a hug (pre-COVID times) and just says 'Thank you for taking care of my child.'" - Sarah F.
  • Emily B says coffee is always a welcome gift—whether it’s a large traveler box or taking specific orders from nurses—and adds that you can’t go wrong with doughnuts. 
  • Brenna O suggests that meals from local restaurants are a great gift for nurses. 
  • Emily D shares that during nurse appreciation week, a patient hired a masseur to give nurses ten-minute neck massages—a welcome relief! 

Final Thoughts | How Do You Say Thank You to Nurses?

Thank you note on flowers

At Nursa, we know that gifts are a love language, so we've compiled several gift guides for the nurse in your life. We also have themed gift guides, so if you're looking for Christmas gifts for nurses, Valentine's Day gifts for nurses, or Easter gift ideas for nurses, we've got you covered. 

Remember that some hospitals do not permit nurses to accept monetary gifts. Sometimes this also applies to gift cards, so be sure to ask a staff member at the hospital before gifting a nurse something they may be unable to accept. 

Often, the best thing you can gift a nurse is your sincere appreciation for their work. The smallest gestures can make the most significant difference to a nurse who is exhausted after a long shift—so be sure to express your gratitude.

Blog published on:
May 1, 2023

Meet Jacky, a contributing copywriter at Nursa who specializes in writing about nursing specialties, FAQs, and career advice.

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