Please, I need input for a thank-you gift


  1. You are not gonna believe this.

    I just got dx'd with bronchial pneumonia of all the doggone things and I really really really wanna go to work, and can't. I haven't even finished probation yet.

    I am sooo grateful for my coworkers who will have to pick up my extra patients for the next 10 days....

    What do you think would be an appropriate thanks?

    I was thinking of a thank-you card and putting in a coupon for an "IOU A Day Off," and work for each of them when they'd like a night off? (there are only about 10 of us....)

    What do you think?
    or
    Can you think of anything else I might try (remembering that I'm losing a paycheck as I don't have PTO yet)?
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  2. 13 Comments

  3. by   kaycee
    I think your idea is very nice and would be quite unexpected. It's not like you planned to have pneumonia and are having a good time. If I were your co-worker I would think that it wasn't necessay that you do that because we all have times when illness keeps us from work. However if you feel you must do something I think what you suggest is very thoughtful and your co-workers would greatly appreciate it.
  4. by   CATHYW
    I agree with Kaycee. I think what you have proposed is very thoughtful, but, as she said, it isn't as though you are out on vacation! You also might consider cooking dinner for everyone-you'd have to do it twice, probably, to cover everybody. We used to do this once in a while, and it was always fun, and everyone enjoyed the home cooked food.

    Sure do hope you feel better soon! Get plenty of rest-you are going to be working and stressing hard as you learn your new job.
  5. by   Sleepyeyes
    Hmmm.... lasagna? I can freeze it..... thanks for the idea
  6. by   Brownms46
    Sleepyeyes...I agree with the above posts...but I'm kind of like you...and love to give.

    Here is what I did once. I was only working PT...so it did make this easier. I made Thanksgiving Dinner for everyone...ALL three shifts! I made different kinds of meats...from pork chops, fried chicken...and yes the turkey! I made a huge thing of potato salad...green beans...dressing, pies and cakes!! I bought in all the dinnerware, tablecloth...the whole works! I even fed the Docs...LOL! Mind you this was a Pysch unit...so there wasn't a lot of us. But you know us nurses..we love the sweets...so even a nice pie or cake would be a great idea. I have great recipe for key lime pie...if you would like I will try and dig it out. It's real easy to make...or you could make one of those No Bake cheese cakes...I bought one in the one with strawberries...and it went over great!. I'm kind of infamous for feeding folks....:chuckle

    I hope this helps...
  7. by   Sleepyeyes
    oooo.....cheesecake...wonder if i could sneak it out past my cheesecake-inhalin' hubby? :chuckle:
  8. by   Brownms46
    Originally posted by Sleepyeyes
    oooo.....cheesecake...wonder if i could sneak it out past my cheesecake-inhalin' hubby? :chuckle:

    You probably will have to make him one too...:chuckle
  9. by   MPHkatie
    The IOU a day off thing sounds great, but I imagine it would be somewhat abused- even with great team, the day off thing gets sooo tempting. I like the cooking idea, and also, you can always volunteer when someone is saying they need a day off for a childrens play/game, or for a trip, and that will be sooo appreciated. You know the panic when you know you need that time off and you also just KNOW no one will come through? your volunteering will create a great team spirit there in these cases.

    Another thing you might do to stretch the budget is to bring in a special coffee sampler basket with teas and such as well, so everyone has a choice.
  10. by   Jenny P
    Sleepyeyes, you are sick; not on vacation. The idea of coupons for days off may be nice, but you will still need to recover from this pneumonia! And working extra days (even if not for another month!) will take its' toll on you.

    If you really feel you must, fix a lasagna meal for your co-workers instead, or even just some wonderful desserts, after you've been back at work for a week or 2. Once you've fully recovered (say, the end of July), if a co-worker needs a day off, you can quietly offer to work for them then.

    And something that can never be equalled is a simple handwritten Thank You note. I cherish each and every thank you note I've ever received from a co-worker, because we all have busy days and lives and they took the time out of their life to let me know how they felt about something I did for them.
  11. by   KaraLea
    I have "been there/done that". I hit a deer Mother's day morning 2001 on my way to work and the ER doc wouldn't let me go on to work. I knew that we were allready short staffed on Med/Surg too. My co-workers were really nice and understanding about the whole thing. I took them a cake the next time we all worked together. A cake mix and frosting isn't expensive at all and everyone seemed to appreciate it.
  12. by   mario_ragucci
    Just give them the currency you want to spend on a gift for them. You don't gotta get a gift to show appreciation. Say, for you wanna spend $15 and you wanna thank 7 co-workers, then you can write them all a note , each, with a thank you want 2 dollar bills. That way, they can get a coffe, or whatever, and it gives them and everyone something to talk about. Smartest.
  13. by   RNforLongTime
    Originally posted by Jenny P
    And something that can never be equalled is a simple handwritten Thank You note. I cherish each and every thank you note I've ever received from a co-worker, because we all have busy days and lives and they took the time out of their life to let me know how they felt about something I did for them.
    Oh Jenny P, how I wish I worked with someone like you! You are a dream, so thoughtful and caring! Have a nice day! Kelly
  14. by   nursedawn67
    How about a pizza party at lunch one day? We do that often to just say thank you.

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