|Posted: 10/4/2012 2:13:26 PM|
I'm checking back into the hospital for a week of chemo (I previously was there for one month of chemo) and I'd really like to make some homemade treats for the nurses. I'm pretty famous for my baked goods, and my choco chip cookies are a favorite. Would they eat them or should I stick with store bought treats? I would hate to have them go in the trash if they are creeped out by homemade stuff (like some threads have shown in the past).
If I do store bought treats - what kind? There are 3 shifts at this hospital and I had favorite nurses on each shift.
MMM... That's what I figured.... Better go with store bought. What kinds of things would they like? I almost bought gourment popcorn variety at Costco, but figured too many communal germs in that big tin. What kinds of things are good to bring? I'm just drawing a blank
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|Posted: 10/4/2012 2:16:50 PM|
Yes! Food never goes to waste, believe me.
Hope all goes well for you with your treatment.
|Posted: 10/4/2012 2:19:33 PM|
I worked in a hospital and no I would not eat food (even baked goods) prepared and brought in by someone that I don't know. Store bought is okay. A couple of times, the family called ahead and said "We're sending in some pizza for you and the delivery guy will call you when it is ready".
When my mom was in the hospital for 3 weeks, we took in fruit baskets (1 for each shift) and mom crocheted those dish rags for all the nurses and techs.
|Posted: 10/4/2012 2:19:39 PM|
I will just be honest, because I do not want you to waste your precious time. I work in a hospital and no one EVER eats the food that patients prepare. If it is store bought, it is gone before the day is over.
|Posted: 10/4/2012 2:23:27 PM|
My opinion may not matter since I'm not employed at a hospital. No, I would not eat something brought in by a patient, client, patron whom I only know from a professional standpoint. It's unlikely I would eat a co-workers treat also unless we were close friends.
It's a sweet gesture as a thank you for their care. Would a fruit basket, cupcakes from a specialty bakery or similar treat be an option?
Loc: Sunny Orlando, FL
|Posted: 10/4/2012 2:25:17 PM|
Sorry but nope. Been in nursing for 15+ years and we never eat things brought in by patients.
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|Posted: 10/4/2012 2:34:33 PM|
Wow, my setting must be unique. We get tons of home made and store bought and nothing sits for long. Maybe it's because we work with our families for such a long time and know them so well? (I can think of a few parents whose home made I might take a pass on. Fortunately, they are the ones who wouldn't even think of bringing something.)
|Posted: 10/4/2012 2:47:58 PM|
store bought is what we always get and believe me we eat it all especially chocolate lol
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|Posted: 10/4/2012 3:13:25 PM|
When I was in for a year, my husband would bring in 2 huge bags of either peanut, or mostly plain M & M's. One for me, and one for the nurse's station.
|Posted: 10/4/2012 3:52:44 PM|
Homemade cookies always get eaten, but most people bring in store bought stuff. It all goes quickly. I don't think I've ever seen any patient families bring in anything homemade other than cookies, though. And the only ones doing that are sweet little old ladies whose husbands we were taking care of, and no one has ever batted an eye about eating them.
|Posted: 10/4/2012 3:54:39 PM|
Oh and if you want to be sure all your favorites on each shift get them, bring 3 boxes each marked "first shift", etc. and maybe attach a little card thanking all "and especially Jane, Emily, and Lori" or whoever. They'll like that and if they're there that day they'll be sure to get some.
|Posted: 10/4/2012 5:42:25 PM|
I do not eat homemade goodies, no matter who they are from. TBH, sometimes I worry about the ingredients, which can sometimes upset my stomach (such as splenda). The best thing a patient can give me is a note of thanks.
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|Posted: 10/4/2012 7:07:23 PM|
As someone that works in a hospital..generally no. IF we know the patient well, yes. Your best bet is to bring something store bought. Fruitbaskets are really nice! so is candy, chocolates.
|Posted: 10/4/2012 7:34:59 PM|
I learned this from my grandmother....
Whenever you go to visit someone in the hospital, bring a small gift for the patient and a box of good chocolate (i.e. Fannie May, Frango, etc.) for the nurses station. However, after reading these posts, I will bring three now - one for each shift. Great idea!
|Posted: 10/4/2012 8:43:43 PM|
If you are heading to Costco, may I suggest this?
5 different kinds of popcorn, individually bagged, sealed, and yummy! 12 for 9.99. Get a box or two, tie ribbon around the tops of the bags (they are carrot shaped), stick in a basket and add a card. They will not last long!
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|Posted: 10/4/2012 8:48:51 PM|
that popcorn is GOOD!!!
|Posted: 10/4/2012 10:08:36 PM|
I'm an RN and no we would not eat anything brought in by a patient that was not pre packaged, so nothing homemade.
|Posted: 10/4/2012 11:01:03 PM|
dang caronpea - that looks like what I saw at Costco & almost picked up! At least it gets good reviews. I'll have to try to get that before I check in.
|Posted: 10/4/2012 11:21:57 PM|Even better idea - going to Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory this weekend. I'll get a box for each shift
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|Posted: 10/4/2012 11:27:17 PM|
I was hospitalized for 9 weeks while pg with my triplets. I knew I was going to be there for a long time. Before I got put on bedrest at home I got a basic plastic bowl and bags of individually wrapped candy. Set them aside until I was admitted. We filled the bowl up and stashed the extras in my room. Gave it to the nurses. I had walking privileges twice a day so periodically thru the weeks I would refill that bowl, making sure I did different shifts. DH would bring new bags of candy when he visited each week (we lived 80 miles and one state away).
Huge hit! Sometimes if the bowl was empty and someone needed a sugar/chocolate fix they would wander into my room. Great way to draw in visitors!
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|Posted: 10/5/2012 4:57:31 AM|This may not be feasible for you but one of the best appreciation gifts I ever found was a custom Starbucks card.
On their site, you can actually design your own card pulling in different elements and then entering a custom message. My oldest grandson would do them for his teachers and his grandpa adding a simple message he wrote himself (it's kind of like Twitter - you're limited to just a few lines of text).
The card comes printed the way you specified and with your message (and loaded with the amount of money you designate). It cost 4.95 extra for the custom features.
DH made me one and I treasure it. I reload it and I've used it for years.
It might be a great gift for a few of your special caretakers. It becomes more about the sentiment on it as you pull it out and use it but you also get a few extra perks by using your gift card instead of your debit card. My favorite perk is the free soy milk.
|Posted: 10/5/2012 7:45:00 AM|
Justussscrapper - I am happy to hear from you! I have been thinking of you often, as a fellow Minnesotan.
Great advice Peas. I never gave the separate shifts a thought! Next time DH is in the hospital I'll bring duplicate treats.
|Posted: 10/5/2012 8:05:07 AM|
How sweet, and after going through so much. Hope you're feeling better
Being a RN, I have to give you an honest answer. Many nurses are not comfortable eating homemade food from patients or those they don't know well. For example, do you know someone who's the sweetest, nicest person who is just the worst housekeeper? Health professionals tend to be very cautious. Being a nurse over 40-years, I have known nurses who do not keep a clean kitchen. Hope this helps.
We love to receive cards! I know they would be very appreciative of a card expressing your feelings about the care you received. It's also OK to personally mention those you felt were special. We pass the cards around, then put it on our bulletin board for all to see. If you're a card maker, make a custom card What a wonderful way to make them feel extra special.
Loc: New York
|Posted: 10/5/2012 8:13:34 AM|
I'd stick with store bought. Where I work we eat homemade goods from other coworkers but not from nonemployees. My sister had gone for months of medical massage after a car accident. When she was done being treated there she brought them a cookie/cake pop assortment from a local bakery.