Any parent who has ever had to pick up a sick child during the day knows what a blessing the school nurse is. The first person that offers comfort and treatment to young students who fall ill while school is in session, the job of a school nurse is not an easy one. While teachers and crossing guards are generally remembered at Christmas time, sadly the school nurse is usually not. Make this holiday season the year that you honor this special person who gives all the students such kind and loving care during the school year. Here are five gift ideas for your child’s nurse.
Discount Department Store Gift Card. Nurses who work at all levels of the education system generally wear scrubs to work. Most discount department stores carry a wide variety of different colored and patterned medical scrubs. They also carry the traditional white shoes that medical personnel wear while on duty. Gifting your son or daughter’s school nurse with a gift card to a local discount department store can ensure that she will be able to replace the clothing and footwear that she needs with no added financial burden. If she is already set in that department, she can use the card to treat herself to anything she desires.
Make a Wellness Gift Basket. Recent budget cuts have seen every area of our schools suffer. Be sure that your child’s school nurse’s office is properly stocked with tissues, hand sanitizer, sanitary napkins, reusable ice packs and bandages. Fill a wicker basket with as much inventory as you can comfortably afford. Not only will the school nurse appreciate it, the entire student body will be blessed to have the supplies they need.
Gas Card. One of the ramifications of the school budget cuts has been the elimination of some schools having a full time nurse in each and every building. Some school districts have required nurses to travel between schools during the week. While the cost of the gas needed to get between the buildings is reimbursable, it must still be paid out of pocket first. A twenty five dollar gas card for your school nurse can give her a personal finances a bit of wiggle room until the travel receipts are turned in and processed.
Restaurant Gift Certificate. Your child’s school nurse works very hard during the week. She surely deserves to relax and decompress on the weekends. Sending her a festive holiday card with a gift certificate to a local restaurant enclosed will allow her to enjoy a tasty meal and take a break from cooking on her day off.
Christmas Tree Ornament. Shops and on line stores that carry holiday decor generally carry a line of occupational tree ornaments. Choose a pretty ornament that is appropriate for the nursing field and present it to her in a cute little gift bag. Every year when she gazes at her Christmas tree, she will remember her students and the pride and care she puts into her work each and every day.