Nurse Teeny’s Favorite Things: 2011 Holiday Gift Guide

Can you believe it’s already been a year since I last posted a holiday gift guide? My how time flies. We’ll look back at 2011 and forward at 2012 over the next couple of weeks, but first things first…a list of gift ideas for the nurse or nursing student in your life:

Tablet – Having nursing software on a smartphone is great – easily accessible and always at your fingertips. But having a traveling resource/electronic book on which to store said software, PLUS hundreds (thousands) of other apps is just plain priceless for the busy nurse. I’ve personally been lusting after the iPad for months and crossing my fingers that I made the “nice” list. But there are tons of options out there (I just happen to be a Mac geek) – click here for some unbiased reviews (and here for information about eReaders…S loves his Kindle!).

Nursing Kit – This baby has been my godsend out in the field. A pocket for everything! Granted, you probably won’t need it if you work in a hospital or facility. But for public and community health nurses, I highly recommend it.

Ornaments – I’m not the biggest fan of the angel metaphor (Halo? What halo?), but there are some pretty cute ornaments out there that would make great stocking stuffers. Yes, I have a few of my own. Here are some favorites:

For Your Favorite Bookworm – One of my goals in 2012 to READ for FUN (imagine that!). Although this includes many books that have absolutely nothing to do with health, health care or nursing, I do read my share of professionally relevant literature. And since we have a book club next year that allows us to talk about such literature (yay!), I plan to get my fill. You already know we’re starting with this. Here are some other recommendations:

Subscriptions/Memberships – The buzzword in health care these days is evidence-based practice. Which is easier said than done. One of the keys to staying up on best practices is by engaging with our profession, through journals, membership in professional organizations, and attending conferences. Unfortunately such professional engagement doesn’t come cheap. So if you hear your favorite nurse expressing interest, why not pony up and foot the bill for a year? It will be the gift that keeps on giving, for keeping our license and our practice current. Which improves our skills. Which in turn improves your safety. It’s a win-win.

Encouraging Self-Care – A reoccurring theme in my life is hearing that I’m “wound up tight”. Thank you, I’m aware. But the greatest gift I have given myself this year is biweekly acupuncture appointments to help with stress management. Thanks to fabulous benefits, my insurance pays for it. We should all be so lucky. So find out what the nurse in your life needs to RELAX and help make it happen.


**Disclaimer: I wasn’t paid or perked by any of the companies here. I just happen to like (or want) their products. 🙂

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