In the midst of an emergency, often the last thing on your mind is to write a thank you note to your nurse, no matter how appreciative you feel.
When you need to thank many people, it is appropriate (and, in some areas, expected) to insert a thank-you notice in the local newspaper. The nurses, doctors, hospital staff, friends, and family who helped someone through a long and demanding illness are often thanked this way.
- What Do You Write in a Thank You Card for a Nurse?
- Example Thank You Notes For Nurses
- Thank You Quotes for Nurses and Doctors
- When, How & Why Do We Celebrate National Nurses Day?
- How Do You Appreciate a Nurse?
I often think about the kindness and competent care the nurses at the cardiac unit showed my grandpa, despite working 12-hour shifts.
I didn’t write his nurses a letter at that very moment; we (the fam) were all worried about my grandpa and wondering what was going on, so manners and common courtesies fell to the wayside while we focused on grandpa’s comfort and health.
Reliably, and counter to all stereotypes I’d heard, the nurses we encountered handled everything in stride, cracking well-timed jokes and keeping the atmosphere light and as comfortable as possible for us all (thank you, Stratford General Hospital!).
Grandpa loves to joke, so he felt right at home (except couldn’t sleep in the gurney — but nurses can’t be blamed for the furniture).
Thank you, Dear Nurses, for all you do and all the thoughtful actions you take that go unnoticed and unappreciated. Unappreciated no more!
What Do You Write in a Thank You Card for a Nurse?
Procrastinating on writing the note to show their nurse appreciation, is often due to a person lacking clarity about what to say. Seems obvious. Let’s focus on why you are wanting to tell your nurse or health care provider how they helped you or a loved one during a difficult time. A great place to start.
Example Thank You Notes For Nurses
From cradle to grave, we all have nurses, doctors and other healthcare heroes with us during the best and worst of times. We don’t always get to choose how things turn out. Take a moment to find the right words to say My Dear Nurse, Thanks For Being With Me.
Thank You Note For Our Nurse after the Birth of our Child
Dear Nurse Dan,
Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you for your quick thinking and constant encouragement as I struggled through a tricky labour and, finally, arrived at the birth of our triplets. I guess the pain was worth it ;-).
Your sense of humor and perfectly time one-liners eased the pain, too. Thank you for the compassion you show new moms every day.
Grateful Mommy and Busy Daddy
Thank You Note to a Nurse After a Death
My sincerest thanks to you for your extra kindness and thoughtfulness extended to my son before he passed. All of your small acts of kindness were not so small to us, nor to my son, and I know from the way he relaxed that he considered you his family away from him, his safe space while facing a dark unknown. We can never thank you enough for what you did for our son, and for the peace of mind you continue to give to our family.
Thank you forever,
G. Mackenzie and Family
Example Thank You Note to the Nursing Staff
Dear Ms. Weaver,
May I express my deep gratitude to you and your faithful nursing staff; without their dedication and care, my father would not be with us today. Doubtless, their attentiveness, their correct reasoning and powers of observation identified his subtle heart murmur in the nick of time. For this my family and I are particularly grateful.
We also wish to acknowledge you all for the respect, care and tact shown to my father. While our family is accustomed to his moods and language, we recognize that Dad can be a handful, cranky and not very fun to be around at times. We deeply appreciate your love and kindness during his more difficult periods. We understand from speaking with one of the orderlies, that Dad really didn’t care for the shower chair, and made his disgust known using more than a few “four letter words.” So, know that you are appreciated. (And we apologize that you were subjected to that treatment.)
Please accept our gift of flowers and chocolates to the nurse’s station, and individual gift certificates for the attending nurses for $50.00 each, to purchase what they will. These gift certificates will expire at the end of August, so it would be wise if you would encourage your staff to use them up as soon as possible.
Thank you again for taking excellent care of our father. My sister thanks you, my two brothers thank you, as does my beloved mother thank you. Please be well, and know you are each and every one welcome in our homes as you are already family in our hearts.
Thank You to Nursing Staff from Student
When you’re beginning your nursing career, many people help you navigate the ins and outs of daily life in the ER (or in whichever unit you decide to specialize). While what nurses want most is verbal feedback from the head nurse (according to a study in Iowa), feedback and appreciation from the students they mentor goes a long way in helping nurses feel that their time and effort is invested well in future generations.
- Short and sweet, as I know your time is precious: I want to say thank-you for teaching and mentoring great patient care. Although not always fun and not necessarily recognized in the moment, the guidance you offered as I progressed from deer-in-headlights intern to competent nurse has profoundly informed who I am in this role, for the better. I thank you sincerely for the many hours you’ve invested in my development for the future of healthcare, and I hope that I can positively touch as many lives as you have — and continue to do. Watching you interact lovingly with people in our care, and noticing the behind-the-scenes work you carry out and the ways in which you advocate for the sick and injured, without fanfare, provided me with a realistic understanding of our role as nurses and solidified my commitment to this life of service. Thank-you for your tireless belief in humanity and for inspiring me to walk the talk. Love, Your Student
Thank You Quotes for Nurses and Doctors
- What you do is so wonderful, a true gift to humanity. The highest calling is to serve, and you do so with grace and wisdom. Thank you for applying your skills to the betterment of humanity, one person at a time.
- My life is in the very best possible hands.
- Thank you for coming into my life and for helping me get back on my feet once again. Sometimes crutches aren’t just an excuse, just a necessity. 🙂
When, How & Why Do We Celebrate National Nurses Day?
In the United States, National Nurses Day is observed (not a public holiday) on May 6th, marking the beginning of National Nurses Week, in which receptions and banquets are held across the country to honour the essential work of those in the Nursing field. Many nurses receive gifts or flowers from friends, family members, or patients.
International Nurses Day: The tireless efforts of nurses all over the world are celebrated every year on May 12, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth in 1820.
May 12, the final day of National Nurses Week, is the birthday of Florence Nightingale (1820-1910). The English nurse became known as the founder of professional nursing, especially due to her pioneering work during the Crimean War (1853-1856). Due to her habit of making rounds at night, Nightingale became known as “The Lady with the Lamp”.
How Do You Appreciate a Nurse?
If you want to appreciate your nurse in all ways, think about these actions:
- Be polite. While your nurse is committed to showing compassionate care to the sick and injured, you too have a responsibility to treat others with common decency. Your nurse isn’t perfect, but you can help to inspire generosity in your nurse (and in others) by first treating others with that same kindness and generosity. Simply saying ‘please’ and ‘thank-you’ goes a long way in connecting positively with your nurse.
- Personal gift. If you want to SHOW appreciation materially, consider a gift card, the usual flowers, or something that refers to their time spent with you. Maybe they mentioned they love to go fishing on their time-off, or they have kids that love the books you write; think outside of the box. Yes, flowers are fairly safe, but they are boring. Better than nothing, though!