Thursday, January 26, 2023

Nurse Appreciation Kits for Hospital Nurses DIY

When I think of my labor and delivery nurses with my girl, I am so thankful. My labor and delivery nurses helped me navigate those first couple days of motherhood by making sure I was healing well, getting enough sleep and water, and more. They were attentive, fun (jamming with me to @iamcardib), and servant-hearted. One thing I‘m doing differently for my labor & delivery nurses this time is making nurse appreciation kits! After asking many nurses what would bring joy on a busy day at the hospital, I put two things together, personal nurse gift bags and break room baskets. I shopped at Marshall’s, Costco, Whole Foods, and Amazon*.

Personal Nurse Appreciation Bags

I made five bags and I included…

  1. Stud earrings. I went with dreamy Susan Standeffer Designs earrings.
  2. Undereye pads
  3. Shea butter hand cream
  4. Hydrating lip mask
  5. Soothing aloe facial mask
  6. Organic chapstick
  7. Pretty Vera Bradley pen
  8. Hair scrunchie⠀
  9. Mesh bags to put all of the above in!

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Other items that you can include in nurse appreciation kits are:

  • Starbucks gift cards. Some hospitals will not allow these but some do! Many nurses told me they can accept $5 gift cards but always check with your own hospital and nurses.
  • Comfy socks
  • Granola bars
  • Energy drinks
  • Packs of gum
  • Little pouches
  • Hairbands
  • Cute face masks
  • Chocolate
  • Other lotions and skincare products!

Nurse Break Room Baskets

I made two baskets and I included…

  1. Tissue paper to add some color
  2. GoodTo Go keto-friendly bars
  3. Clif Bars
  4. Chocolates
  5. Individual trail mix packages
  6. Hair scrunchies

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Other items you can include in nurse break room baskets are:

  • Coffee. You can get large to-go containers of coffee that serve 10-20 people from certain coffee shops!
  • Donuts
  • Bagels
  • Cookies
  • Packs of gum
  • Granola bars
  • Energy drinks
  • Other snacks! Food is always a good idea.

When it comes to making nurse appreciation kits, just make sure you abide by current hospital rules! With all that’s been going on, rules are always changing and you never know exactly what they will accept. I recommend calling your hospital or talking with nurses who work in your city to get a better understanding of what is appropriate for a nurse appreciation kit or basket. My nurses played a BIG part in making my first experience a good one. They were amazing women who cared for me at my most exhausted and pained and I’m glad I can make these kits for this next labor and delivery experience!


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