Healthcare Worker Thank You Notes: 11 Thank You Notes for Hospital Staff That’ll Brighten Their Endless Days

By Billie •  Updated: 11/22/19 •  8 min read
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Thank you for the sacrifices you make for us, hospital and healthcare workers everywhere! Be safe.

In the midst of an emergency, often the last thing on your mind is to write a thank you note to your doctor or 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.

Thank you, Frontline Health Care People, 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 Healthcare Worker?

Procrastinating on writing the note to show 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. 

Love always,
Grateful Mommy and Busy Daddy

Thank You Note to a Nurse After a Death

Dear Mary,

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/Hospital 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.


Beverly Beacham

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.

Thank You Quotes for Nurses and Doctors

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:

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).

Thanks for Sympathy and Support Extended

Thank You Messages for Volunteers & Community Supporters

Complete Thank You Note Examples for Awesome Teachers

End of School Farewell Letter from Teacher to Students

Thank You Messages For Friends


I like to climb mountains, read Nietzsche, and explore the West Coast. I have a BA from York University (2003) in Toronto, Canada, and yet on this site I sometimes spell like an American (know your audience). Thank you. Thank you very much.