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Ideas for "med staff goodies" & "colorful cap"? Ideas for "med staff goodies" & "colorful cap"?

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Unread 01-17-2002, 06:48 PM
Ideas for "med staff goodies" & "colorful cap"?

Fellow Ladies In Waiting and Wise Women Who Have Already Visited the Castle (a.k.a. Punctured Princesses):

I read the wonderful suggestions in the "Through the Land of Hyster" book that it's a good idea to bring a colorful cap for your surgeon and goodies to share with the medical staff

So my questions are . . .

1. What kind of goodies would be appreciated? (This is the time for all you nurses and other medical personnel to stand up and holler for what you really would like!)

2. By "colorful cap" do most of you take it mean a baseball cap? I mean, I watch "ER" on television and The Learning Channel (though I've temporarily given up watching "The Operation") and I wouldn't have a clue where to get that style of cap.

3. What kind of a "colorful cap" would you get for a ob/gyn that you didn't know very well? And how the heck would you determine the right size, anyway?

I feel funny asking my ob/gyn's brother for advice, even though he's the surgeon who did my latest sinus surgery (especially feel funny since I didn't get any kind of a cap for ENT surgeon)

All help apprciated!
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Unread 01-17-2002, 07:24 PM
Ideas for "med staff goodies" & "colorful cap"?

Good ideas! I think I want to do this, too. I wouldn't have the first clue what to get for my male ob/gyn. Is this an official "please take good care of me and don't remove the wrong body part" kinda bribe deal? Just kidding. Should I bring candy for the nursing staff? I never even thought of these things....
Unread 01-17-2002, 07:47 PM
Ideas for "med staff goodies" & "colorful cap"?

Candy goes over real big with the nurses unless you're in a Catholic hospital during Lent. ;( It just gives them extra incentive to slip into your room and check on you. I don't see why a mail ob/gyn wouldn't appreciate a little candy or flowers.
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Unread 01-18-2002, 01:10 PM
Ideas for "med staff goodies" & "colorful cap"?

Hi, IOnlyGet5,

I'm a retired RN, and here's my opinion. Candy's nice, but...

That nurse who goes out of her way to make your stay more
comfortable would REALLY like it if you'd write a letter to both the Hospital Administrator and the Director of Nursing, naming her by name, and telling specifically what she did to help you. Nurses very seldom receive this kind of recognition, and it means a lot. This idea doesn't cost much, and will give you something to do if you're bored during your recovery. Jot down names of the great nurses while you're still hospitalized, or ask someone to do it for you. Nurses really want to be appreciated, just like everyone else.

Best wishes,
Unread 01-18-2002, 02:07 PM
Ideas for "med staff goodies" & "colorful cap"?

Earlier today I was thinking about what goodies I was going to bring the nursing staff on the day of my surgery. And then I saw your post. I have been on both sides, working in a hospital as a healthcare worker, and as a patient. I am thankful for the care I receive, and know how hard it is for nursing when they are short staffed. I had my husband bring is donuts from a good bakery ( not Duncan Donuts) He would get a box for each shift.

I certainly believe that Princessh has an excellent point. People tend to write letters when they are upset with the quality of their care, whether it is the nurse or the kitchen. It doesn't take a great deal of time to write down certain employees names that have made your stay more comfortable or just all the nurses on the unit. Write to the hospital administrtor, and get a copy sent to the Director of Nursing. Praise where it is due!!!!

Good luck---
Unread 01-18-2002, 02:40 PM
I am a nurse, here's my opinion...

I agree with the donuts, most nurses like JUNK!! Actually, it is just a field where you do alot of snacking because of time restraints. Chips, dip, veggie trays, cookies/brownies, etc. Anything that is just packed full of SIN!!! I work on the OB/GYN unit where I had my surgery, and I ordered pizzas for each shift. They LOVED it!!! We have gotten chicken fingers before from patients, I just remembered that. Like a family meal. That could get $$$$ though.

As for the hat for the , these are scrub hats for MEN that are found at the medical supply and uniform store. Get him one with a flag print, camoflauge print, dark solid print (navy or green), dogs print, something GUY-LIKE. Go to one of these places and just look around, they usually have lots of selections to choose from. It's a GOOD IDEA though, my doc would enjoy one of those (camo of course), I may have to get him one to give him at my 4 wk post-op visit!!

Hope these ideas help!!


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