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50 reasons to thank a nurse, today & everyday

Thanksgiving is a time to count our blessings. And of course, we have many. But it’s also a great time of year to accept thanks from others.

Here are 50 reasons a nurse deserves thanks. There are millions more.

  1. Getting the crash cart ready on a hunch
  2. Performing effective chest compressions
  3. Noticing decreased urinary output in a patient with congestive heart failure
  4. Making the doctor stop in for a face-to-face discussion
  5. Answering the patient’s questions after the doctor has left
  6. Monitoring an IV closely to prevent infiltration
  7. Reminding a patient to use their PCA pump
  8. Administering pain medication before repositioning a patient
  9. Getting a patient out of bed on POD1 even when the patient doesn’t want to
  10. Administering pain medication before dressing a wound
  11. Holding an MVA patient in C-Spine to prevent spinal injury
  12. Noticing a subtle change in pupil reactivity
  13. Providing post-mortem care
  14. Initiating the DNR talk
  15. Listening to what patients say
  16. Working to get that specialty formula covered by insurance
  17. Gently helping a new mother to get her baby to latch
  18. Asking a patient if she feels safe at home
  19. Holding a baby in the middle of the night when no one else can
  20. Asking a mother with post-partum if she’s having difficulty
  21. Asking a patient if he has thoughts of hurting himself
  22. Calling that difficult doctor in the middle of the night because the patient needs it
  23. Letting a family member stay a few minutes past visiting hours
  24. Knowing a patient’s exact fluid balance to the cc
  25. Noticing an unusual decrease in chest tube output
  26. Noticing a slight change in a patient’s EKG
  27. Giving a potassium infusion as slowly as possible because it’s painful to the patient’s vein
  28. Suggesting a doctor order an appropriate medication they hadn’t thought of yet
  29. Teaching the patient how to care for themselves at home
  30. Making sure the patient has appropriate medical needs at home
  31. Dispelling myths about treating pain with narcotics
  32. Handing a tissue to a grieving wife
  33. Noticing the hyponatremia that got missed
  34. Taking an unusual headache seriously
  35. Hearing a new heart murmur
  36. Detecting retractions in an infant before they get to severe respiratory distress
  37. Getting a patient to try one more time to urinate so they don’t need to be catheterized
  38. Telling a patient it’s OK to be vulnerable
  39. Reassuring a patient there’s nothing you haven’t seen before
  40. Telling a patient, “I’m here to take care of you.”
  41. Working a holiday
  42. Bringing a blanket for the family member asleep at the patient’s bedside
  43. Helping a new resident learn the tricks of the trade
  44. Speaking up when witnessing a sterile field become contaminated
  45. Picking up overtime to alleviate short staffing
  46. Checking and double checking that heparin infusion
  47. Recognizing the early signs of a blood transfusion reaction
  48. Administering the Epi pen to the school child experiencing anaphylaxis
  49. Keeping a child and their parent calm during an asthma attack
  50. Getting that IV in when no one else could

Treat yourself

And if you want some ideas about how to thank a nurse, take a peek at our recent post 7 ways to thank a nurse, with one very special gift from

Nurses, thank you, thank you for providing safe and compassionate care to your patients.

Have a joyful Thanksgiving, on and off the clock.

By | 2014-11-27T05:00:52-05:00 November 27th, 2014|Categories: Archived|1 Comment

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