One of the things I was set on before giving birth to Emersyn, was to do a little hospital gift for nurses in the hospital where I delivered Emersyn. Nurses do SO much in the hospital for their patients, especially in the labor and delivery department. They have to care for two people and deal with so many emotions, fears and anxieties on one of the biggest days in the lives of a family.
When Jeff and I toured the hospital that we ultimately chose, I asked the nurse giving the tour about their policy on nurses gifts. She got a choked up and gave me a hug and told me that was such a nice gesture and she didn’t think that the hospital had a policy against nurses gifts. I also asked if there were any male nurses and the only males were in the anesthesia department.
Fast forward to a few weeks before I gave birth, I did some research on nurses gifts and the one thing I saw time and time again was to NOT give any home baked goods. The nurses usually cannot eat anything you brought from home, so stick to wrapped, store bought goods.
I ultimately decided on some of my favorite things after thinking about what would be small, could fit into the bags and would be appreciated! Starbucks gift cards are always good in my opinion. There’s a Starbucks not too far from my hospital. I actually thought there was one inside my hospital but it turned out it was one of those spots that “proudly serve Starbucks” (aka not a real Starbucks).
I also wanted to include for the nurses gifts, an antibacterial and a matching hand lotion for travel, for their purses or for the car. Finally I love love love kit kat bars and conveniently found these strawberry kit kat bars! I thought the fact that they were pink were the perfect touch.
We ended up doing a total of 10 bags to hand out because the nurses said they do 8 hour shifts. We gave some to the nurses that helped me deliver Emersyn, and then to the nurses that took care of us after she was born. Nurses gifts are definitely not necessary but I loved that it was a sweet little way to say, “thank you for all that you do”. My nursing staff was absolutely amazing and treated Jeff, Emersyn and I so well, that we were more than happy to hand out every single gift. I suggest that if you do decide to do nurses gifts, you don’t need anything extravagant, it’s always the thought that counts!