This weekend, we put up our holiday tree. Each year, I love taking all the ornaments out of the boxes and thinking about all the memories associated with each one. This year, there was a particular ornament that seemed very special-it was a gift from my former supervisor at the library at Ball State University. She had given me a Christmas ornament. It was a young looking brunette nurse wearing green scrubs with a clipboard in her hand. On the left pocket of the scrub top, she had written my last name in very small letters, and on the clipboard, it read "Merry Christmas 2001." She gave me this ornament as a gift for graduating nursing school, as I was a December grad. As I unwrapped more ornaments, I found even more nurse ornaments given to me by friends and family that I still treasure every year.
What other things make great gifts for nurses? Maybe you have co-workers or staff you are looking to buy for this season. Here are my suggestions:
Unscented, but very moisturizing hand soap. Nurses wash their hands what seems like hundreds of times a day, and in the winter, their skin gets very dried out. What has worked for me are hand creams that contain hemp as an ingredient, it really seems to be the only thing to soften my hands and protect them.
I have said how much I love these before, but a nice pair or two or support socks. Lydia's stocks the Nurse Mates compression stockings. I just bought myself two pairs on Cyber Monday and I just took them off after wearing them all day long. I wanted to even wear them to bed, but I decided to let my feet be free for a while.
An extra pair of hemostats. There are so many times during they workday when I wish I had my own set. Whether it's to untwist some tight IV tubing or something else, they really come in handy and are sometimes hard to come by.
A nice flashlight. Again, another tool that is hard to come by on the nursing unit but it is very handy. Especially when anchoring indwelling catheters or working night shift. Maybe splurge and get a metal one that can be engraved, so someone else doesn't run off with it.
Massage gift certificates. Nurses are on their feet anywhere from 8-16 hours a day. When we come home, we're sore. And let's face it, nurses deserve it.
So sure, this is not an exhaustive list, but hopefully it will get you started. Do you have any great suggestions? Feel free to post, or post about the most thoughtful nurse gift you've ever received.
Urbane Scrubs:Our designer scrubs have just the right amount of personality. Available in a variety colors and styles to mix and match with your wardrobe, our scrubs have the unique details that keep it interesting. Urbane is known for their fit that flatters, in all the right places! After one try, you will see why the Urbane Scrubs Two Pocket Crossover Scrub Top is so loved. With 14 reviews this top has a 4.64 star rating, out of 5!
The Urbane Scrubs Two Pocket Crossover Scrub Top features a contrasting cross-over neckline, two roomy bottom pockets that keep you hands free, a relaxed fit for ease of movement, set-in sleeves, 3" side slits and a longer 27 1/2" length. Made with 65% polyester/35% cotton. Available in dozens of great colors!
Here's a review from our customer Chandra in Bridgetown, Barbados:
A great scrub, colour is as vibrant in person as it is online. Material is soft and the shirt wasn't overly big.
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Wink: We are the past, the present, and the future of scrubs. Striving to capture the fresh, fun, and exciting essence of uniforms through our perfected fits, finishes, details, and colors, we're always moving forward to bring you the ultimate experience: scrubs that change your attitude.
The Wink Silky Long Sleeve Scrub Tee is a crewneck long sleeve tee with extra long sleeves for up-to-date styling, Wink logo on left wrist and is 27 1/4" length, made with 95% Viscose Rayon / 5% Spandex - for ultra softness!
Here's a review from our customer Lindilu in Parkville, MO:
These soft, silky long sleeve shirts are wonderful. They fit snug so they don't feel bulky under your uniform during colder weather. The sleeves don't lose their shape and become loose by the end of the day. I just wish they had more colors to buy to match the many colors of my uniforms!
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Cherokee:Millions of healthcare workers have come to depend on Cherokee Workwear. For durable, easy-care fabric that gets softer with every washing. For an array of 37 colors and 25 styles that meets every preference and taste. And for giving you the best value for your hard-earned dollar.
The Cherokee Authentic Workwear Unisex Scrub Pant features a comfortable webbed drawstring waistband, one back pocket, and a cargo pocket with a cell phone pocket inside. Made with 65% polyester/35% cotton with a regular inseam of 31", short inseam of 28 1/2" and tall inseam of 33".
Here's a review from our customer Troy in Polacca, AZ:
I usually buy Dickie's scrubs, but wanted to try a different brand at a lower price. I totally love the Cherokee scrubs. They are a little big than what you expect for your individual size but are totally comfortable and don't fade after a few washes. I found my scrubs and will purchase more in the future.
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Wink Four-Stretch Scrubs are filled with features that give them the ability to be high performance and low maintenance, just what you need for those busy work days! Here are the benefits of these top-selling medical scrubs:
100% Polyester Four-Stretch Fabric is created using a mechanical stretch yarn process that's engineered to exceed the performance and durability of other fabrics
Special wicking features manage moisture
Double stitching provides strength
Unique texture for unbeatable softness
Can be worn straight out of the dryer!
If you're interested in seeing more, click here to view all styles from this collection. And if you already own a pair of these easy-care scrubs then leave a comment and share your feedback!
The New Balance Go 2 Scrub Tee has received rave reviews and it's easy to see why! Comfort, style and function - everything you want in a long sleeve tee.
The New Balance Go 2 Scrub Tee features effortless fit, contrast stitching and cut out thumb holes create unique style for this simple long sleeve tee. Features Soft PerforMed layer, contrasting stitching, discreet thumb hole, modern fit and is 25" long, made with 95% polyester/5% spandex.
Here's a review from a customer in Merced, CA: The BEST Tee Under Scrubs
I have ordered them all - Skechers, Rampage, Cherokee - this is by far the BEST shirt to wear under scrub tops. Perfect fit (never bulky or sloppy), the details are feminine and functional (thumb cuff is invisible unless you want to use it), the contrasting color is cute, the neckline is the perfect height, and the fabric is the perfect weight. I think I’ve been looking for this top for years, but didn’t know it. A well-made, quality undershirt to wear with scrubs and I love it. Sure wish they had it in other colors and would love to see one with feminine/cotton lace edging. Overall, though, this is a total winner. Thumbs up for New Balance! Time to order a couple more. Try it, you'll like it. I promise.
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This high-end brand of med wear is popular among customers thanks to it's E-Z Flex fabric blend that provides comfort and a stylish fit. Med Couture scrubs are available in both men's and women's styles. And in addition to scrub tops and pants they also make women's long sleeve tees and fleece jackets (perfect for this time of year!).
Cherokee: "Cherokee has been well-known for comfort and fashion since 1972. Recent nationwide surveys rank Cherokee in the top ten strongest brands for women’s apparel. This ready-to-wear heritage has shaped the way we approach designing and manufacturing medical uniforms and accessories and has helped the brand become the overwhelming favorite of healthcare workers in the United States."
Love this scrub! Cherokee is coming up with very stylish, professional-looking tops and at great prices. Even Koi doesn't compare to the variety Cherokee is putting out. Our hospital has limited RNs to wearing solid royal blue. So it's all about stylish cuts and this top is one of them. Love the detail in the shoulders. A very clean-looking line with lots of style. Absolutely love it!
The Cherokee Authentic Workwear Scoop Neck Scrub Top has the quality and great fit of the Cherokee Authentic Workwear line, with feminine details that make this top look and fit great! This top features a stylized "U" shape neckline top with elasticized smocking at the shoulder seams, 2 front patch pockets, slight shirring at the center front, and back princess seams. Center back length is 26" and it is made of 65% polyester/35% cotton.
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Nurse Mates: #1 selling support sock has become the preferred choice of professionals. Our SuppSock offers comfortable support and compression to help promote circulation and relieve leg stress and swelling that many active professionals experience. Nurse Mates has been committed to delivering quality, innovative products for nearly fifty years.
These support socks by Nurse Mates have been tested and approved by Nurses Advisory Board!
The SuppSock features a knit-in top band keeps socks up without constricting leg, knee high length, graduated support for enhanced comfort and relief from leg fatigue, Lycra blend throughout lends support to arch, compression graduated from heel to top of band for better circulation and 8mm/Hg of compression. Made with 95% nylon/5% Lycra spandex.
Here's a review from our customer Erin in Bloomington, IN:
Works great for me!
I love these socks. Not only do they keep my legs from hurting, they keep them warmer in the winter under thin scrub pants. I love wearing them at home, too. They make my legs feel cozy, like they are getting a hug. I had no problems with them rolling down, and that is even after I've gained a few pounds... I teach nursing and even recommended to my students.
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Crocs Work Shoes are "designed to lessen the stress of long working days by relieving pressure on your feet, legs and back. They're engineered to care for the caring professions."
Here at Lydia's Uniforms we currently carry three styles of Crocs Work Shoes: Alice Work, Neria Work and Mercy Work. Each one is a great option for comfort and durability and all feature Croc's Croslite Soles: