Is it appropriate to give a holiday gift to a nurse?
December 13, 2012 8:18 AM Subscribe
Should my father give Christmas gifts to my mother's nurses?
posted by amro to society & culture (16 answers total)
My mother is on a ventilator in the late stages of a terminal illness, and cannot communicate. She lives at home and has 24-hour a day nursing care. The nurses come from a staffing agency, but my understanding is that there is a fairly regular group of nurses who care for my mother. My father has asked my opinion as to whether or not giving a small Christmas gift to the nurses is appropriate. He says, "One side of me says that they are professionals, and while you may tip the paperboy, you don’t tip your doctor or lawyer. Another side of me says that they are providing a personalized service over time, and that some professionals, like schoolteachers, do get small Christmas gifts." My gut says that a small gift would be thoughtful and certainly not inappropriate. I suggested a $10-$15 Target gift card. Do you agree? And if you agree that a gift is appropriate, any other suggestions for gifts? I will be sending my dad a link to this question.