20 Best Gifts for Nurses

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Celebrating a newly minted nurse in your circle? Want to say thank you to someone who helped save your life? Whether you are a nurse yourself or you know a nurse who could use a little pick-me-up, here are a few ideas for gifts for nurses to show your appreciation for the essential worker in your life:

Gifts for Nurses and Nursing Students

1. Stethoscope Carrying Case

This stylish and durable case is perfect for a newly pinned nurse! With a mesh pocket for accessories and a wrist wrap for portability, the case is designed to hold the essential items every nurse needs: pen lights, stethoscope, pulse oximeter, thermometers, ID badges, reflex hammer, bandage and clothing shears. It is semi waterproof (and bodily fluid proof), shockproof and guaranteed to prevent any damage to the contents. Double zipper design provides easy access to insert and remove items. The fluffy fabric lining is extra soft with an anti-static layer that can effectively absorb impacts and reduce damages caused by accidental scratches and bumps. This is perfect for use in the classroom, traveling and in office. No more rummaging around backpacks and purses for essential medical equipment!

Case Only! (device and accessories are not included)

2. Medical Compression Socks

Long hours and double shifts can leave any nurse exhausted. Sore legs don’t have to be a consequence! Keep circulation going in those gams with graduated medical compression socks. Copper ions in the material are capable of reviving blood circulation along with providing a 20-30 mmHg compression. Stimulate oxygen delivery to the muscles and augment airflow. These comfy socks aid with joint and muscle recovery, and supports rejuvenating relief from pain and discomfort. Breathable high performance fabric keeps an optimal temperature and wicks moisture away from skin. These compression socks can prevent cramping, fatigue, swelling, spider and varicose veins. Suit up because these are as essential as scrubs!

3. I Will Stab You Coffee Mug

There is always that one patient every nurse wishes they could avoid! Let some frustration out with this hilarious coffee mug! Each mug is carefully packaged in three feet of bubble wrap within a durable box. Designed and printed in the USA with high quality materials. The 11 oz mugs are dishwasher and microwave safe. Swill that morning coffee while letting others know to keep their distance while lightening the mood!

4. Stethoscope Pendant

A stethoscope doesn’t have to be the only thing around a nurse’s neck. This 14K gold diamond stethoscope necklace shows the style and personality of nurses who love their profession. The cable chain has a spring ring clasp for easy wear. All the metals used are lead free, nickel free and hypoallergenic. It’s the perfect gift for a nurse, suitable for any occasion.

5. Syringe Pens and Highlighters

Write those patient notes with a playful flair! Be the talk of the nurses’ station with these syringe pens and highlighters. They are a great conversation starter and are ideal to help little patients afraid of shots! The click action ballpoint pens use black ink that take refillable cartridges. The set comes with six highlighters of different colors and four pens. Never get accused of stealing a coworker’s pen again!

6. Mark V Shoulder Bag

Carrying too much stuff? Always feel disorganized? Get a grip with this deluxe shoulder bag that can hold everything from patient files to lunch! This bag comes with multiple compartments: One clean with two pouches, one for soiled items, one fold down compartment with five storage pouches, one file folder pocket, and two end pouches for pager, phone, and hand sanitizer. Don’t worry about losing sensitive information — it comes complete with interlocking zippers to ensure HIPAA compliance to help safely secure patient records and other private info. (lock sold separately). Use the adjustable shoulder strap or remove it to use the double grip handles. The underside of the 2.2lb bag features scuff feet for extra strength and stability.

7. Fingertip Pulse Oximeter

Use this easy-to-read and accurate pulse oximeter to measure the blood oxygen saturation levels of patients. Find out the pulse rate and strength in just 10 seconds! With a large LED display, the meter accommodates a wide range of finger sizes and comes with a silicon cover to protect from dirt and damage. It can even be put on a lanyard for quick access in emergencies. Gets readings even if blood perfusion index is as low as 0.2%!

These gifts for medical students might make your heart skip a beat!

8. Nurse Badge Reel Holder

Sometimes life needs a bandaid, even if it is just for fun. These cute ID badge holders are too cute and perfect for setting yourself apart from the rest. Ideal for any practice, the spring-loaded nylon cord extends up to 24 inches. It can hold up to 3.5oz of weight. (Weight of 6 house keys). An alligator-style clip rotates 360 degrees separately from the reel giving more range of motion. Totally eliminate uncomfortable tugging and odd movements that make stationary reels fall off. This badge holder is great for pediatric settings. Why not give others a reason to smile?

9. Speidel Original Scrub Watch

Take the time to show you care with this helpful scrub watch. The easy-to-read white-faced dial has a 12 and 24 hour marker to make taking a pulse simple! The watch has a three-hand quartz movement with a bright red, highly visible second hand which lends to accurate readings. The slim case diameter and comfy silicone band is water resistant and easy to clean. It comes in several different colors to match any pair of scrubs. Is it break time yet?

10. Nursing Badge Reference Cards

Newbie nurses can take heart! These badge reference cards provide vital information in a quick, accessible manner. These 28 double-sided medical reference sheets have the most useful information  you can review anytime. Topics are color coded and include 

General Med, Labs, Peds, OB L&D, Pharmacy, Respiratory, and Spanish Translation.

These pocket EKG cards are perfect for any nurse or student. Designed to fit easily in scrub pockets, these cheat sheets are organized and lightweight. Made of sturdy and durable material, the ER reference cards are scratch resistant and waterproof. Get these, STAT!

11. Nursing Organizer Belt

Who says fanny packs aren’t cool? Every nurse knows the importance of having all the essentials at their fingertips.The newest microfiber version of the KangaPak features soft, microfiber material and sits comfortably on the waist to keep syringes, gauze, tape, phone and other nursing essentials within arm’s reach. Save time scrambling for supplies; the slim design and mesh pockets make finding what’s needed a snap. The pack moves with the body so it won’t get in the way and is super easy to clean.

12. Rose Gold Stethoscope

Possibly the single most important piece of equipment for any nurse, and one of our most useful gifts for nurses. The dual head stethoscope is 100% stainless steel, latex free and is of superior acoustic construction; the dual leaf-spring design offers twice the durability. ErgonoMax Headset is anatomically angled at 15 degrees for a precise fit. The patented SafetyLock eartip adaptors won’t leave the ears sore and are non-invasive. Even better, the parts are free for life and include a lifetime warranty. Can you hear me now?

13. 2 Pack Bling Rose Gold Stethoscope Charms

Having trouble with a ‘scope snatcher? Make your stethoscope stand out from the crowd and mark what’s yours. These cute and sparkly charms snap onto the scope easily. Use the included tape to keep the charm in place, or let the charm slide and stack up more charms! They’re compatible with all sizes of stethoscopes.

The charms are made of durable zinc alloy and come in 5 colors. #BLINGBLING

14. Pocket Drug Guide for Nurses

No one likes a know-it-all … unless that know-it-all is saving your life! The 2021 Lippincott Pocket Drug Guide for Nurses provides current, vital drug information in a handy pocket guide. Compiled by Rebecca Tucker, this helpful guide gives essential information on over 4,200 medications, including 38 generic drugs newly approved by the FDA, in an easy-access A-to-Z format. TKnow generic and trade names, drug classes, pregnancy risk category and controlled substance schedule, black box warnings, indications and dosages, dose adjustments, adverse effects, drug interactions, nursing considerations, and patient teaching. Included is a special section on essential patient safety information. Appendices cover topical and ophthalmic medications, laxatives, combination products, contraceptives, biological agents (vaccines), and more. Some side effects include being exceptionally good at your job!

15. Black Medical Tools

Get off on the right foot with all the essentials. This kit includes bandage scissors that are sharp and durable with the ability to cut through multiple layers of clothing or bandages. The bandage scissors are 7 1/2 inches with a blunted tip to prevent the patient from being poked or sliced by the scissors. Perfect for both left and right hand dominance. Also included are 5 1/2 inch stainless steel lister scissors which feature a clip on the side for convenience. And of course, durable hemostat clamps with a locking feature to ensure a tight grip and a matching penlight. 

16. Stainless Steel Mirror

Know a nurse that’s retiring? Show them how much you care with this lovely stainless steel compact mirror. The inscription reads “A Truly Amazing Nurse Is Hard To Find Difficult To Part With And Impossible To Forget.” The compact opens to a full 180 degrees to lay flat or can be propped up at any angle. One side is a 2X magnification mirror from close up tweezing and makeup application. Create a moment she’ll always remember.

17. What Do You Meme? Nurses Edition

When it comes to nursing, the ups, the downs and the downright hysterical are all in a day’s work. With the help of real nurses comes What Do You Meme? Nurses Edition. Turn the awkward, stressful, and hilarious moments of the day-to-day into memes. Only fellow nurses will truly understand! This game is full of classic meme images as well as brand new ones full of life-saving humor — it’s the perfect gift for the nurse(s) in your life! This party game is perfect for happy hours, game nights, even lunch breaks with the team — scrubs not required. 

18. Nurse Cosmetic Bag

You are important and don’t you forget it! One way to remind yourself, and everyone else, is with this sarcastic makeup bag. The 100% cotton and linen, natural beige bag is double-sided with a waterproof coating to ensure high quality images will remain vibrant with daily use. Featuring a sleek black zipper and silver pull, this bag is the perfect size for all beauty products.

19. Nurse Blanket

Snuggle up after a long hard day with a nurse-themed sherpa blanket. Covered with sayings for and about the greatness of nurses, this blanket makes a wonderful gift. Made of high quality sherpa and cotton, super soft and fluffy, it’s environmentally friendly and sensitive skin friendly. Comes in two sizes: 50 by 60 inches and 60 by 80 inches. Wrap it up, I’ll take it!

20. Nursing is A Work of Heart Keychain

Show the Registered Nurse in your life how much you appreciate their hard work with this stainless steel polished key chain. It features medical charms and an inscription that reads “Nursing is a Work of Heart.” Attach it to keys, bags or ID tags. Never leave home without them!

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