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« on: October 20, 2006, 10:42:35 AM »

About once a month I bring in cookies or snacks for the workers.  I usually go to Costco and get a big plastic container of cookies or whatever looks good.  They seem to appreciate it. 

I have found through my long experience with health care workers they appreciate food!

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« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2006, 11:35:20 AM »

I personally never did, for some reason I just didn't feel right about doing it. I did see people bring items in occassionally like cookies, dougnuts, pies, and candy for the workers. Personally If I were to bring in anything I would bring in items for the patients, not the workers.
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« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2006, 03:48:05 PM »

At my old clinic I hated all of them son NO I didn't take them anything.

At my new clinic (been there one year) I started taking them something and it has paid off.  They are nicer to me.
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« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2006, 09:16:34 PM »

I used to roast a 14 lb. turkey for Thanksgiving during the years when the center was open on the holiday.
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« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2006, 12:08:26 AM »

I bring in cookies sometimes for everyone (patients and nurses) when we run out of cookies :P
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« Reply #5 on: October 21, 2006, 01:32:43 AM »

At my old clinic I hated all of them son NO I didn't take them anything.

At my new clinic (been there one year) I started taking them something and it has paid off.  They are nicer to me.

See maybe that is why I am against it, I feel a patient should be treated nice without having to kiss ass by bringing them "treats" after all they get paid well and are their to do a job. But please don't flame me, I am sure those that do it are just kind hearted.  :thumbup;
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« Reply #6 on: October 21, 2006, 02:57:45 AM »

No, I am not kind hearted.  I am kissing ass!  I want my chair and I want treated well and if a stupid batch of cookies gets me that then I'll do it.  You are right it shouldn't matter.  But, I'm telling you it does.  In Reader's Digest there was an article that said to kiss up to the receptionist at your doctor's office.  If she likes you she will get you in.  If she likes you she will let you speak to the doctor.  They think they have control.  BUT.....I'm doing what I do to control them!   >:D
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« Reply #7 on: October 21, 2006, 11:02:56 AM »

No, I am not kind hearted.  I am kissing ass!  I want my chair and I want treated well and if a stupid batch of cookies gets me that then I'll do it.  You are right it shouldn't matter.  But, I'm telling you it does.  In Reader's Digest there was an article that said to kiss up to the receptionist at your doctor's office.  If she likes you she will get you in.  If she likes you she will let you speak to the doctor.  They think they have control.  BUT.....I'm doing what I do to control them!   >:D

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« Reply #8 on: October 21, 2006, 07:47:21 PM »

No, I am not kind hearted. I am kissing ass! I want my chair and I want treated well and if a stupid batch of cookies gets me that then I'll do it. You are right it shouldn't matter. But, I'm telling you it does. In Reader's Digest there was an article that said to kiss up to the receptionist at your doctor's office. If she likes you she will get you in. If she likes you she will let you speak to the doctor. They think they have control. BUT.....I'm doing what I do to control them! >:D

LMAO...if that works for you Rerun, then by all means DO IT! ! ! Well duh, you already are.  :lol; I would too. 
I'm lucky, I have a Great Staff.  Before my uncle passed he was going to the same unit I go to now.  They tell me he used to bring them the breakfast biscuits from Burger King.  I bring them candy occasionally.  I promised a homemade lemon meringue pie.  Which I haven't done yet.   :(   
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« Reply #9 on: October 22, 2006, 03:04:52 PM »

The nurses in my centre are quite nice to me and I never thought of bringing them anything.  This has made me think of doing so and I will.
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« Reply #10 on: November 26, 2006, 01:53:09 AM »

Every pay-day (once a month) I bring a big tin of chocolate into my unit.  I don't do it to kiss ass, I do it for 3 reasons:

1) I fancy my nurse and knows she loves chocolate!

2) These people are keeping me alive so I want to show my appreciation.

3) Most of the patients in my unit are elderly and are always demanding things from the staff without a "please" or "thankyou" and are quite miserable so it always cheers everyone up when I arrive with a big tin of chocolate.
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« Reply #11 on: August 07, 2007, 10:02:32 AM »

At Christmas Jenna and I would put together a gift basket of drinks and food for the dialysis clinic staff and the pharmacy.
I think they appreciated it, and in turn, were a little more approachable and cooperative.
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« Reply #12 on: September 15, 2007, 10:03:16 PM »

Some patients do bring us goodies.  This is especially around Halloween and the holidays.  Some buy us lunch if it's their birthday... some do the same after having a successful transplant.  It's great to know that we're appreciated although most of us techs and nurses are terrible at our job <-- i know that for a fact... just come to the clinic i work at LOL!  I had patients bring me gifts for no reason at all... just to say thank you.. i thought that was the most sweetest thing.  I am not one who looks for gratitude from an employee of the month award or anything like that...  self-satisfaction  :yahoo; comes when my day is over... I know I helped someone live one more day in their life... then again I am no hero... just doing my job :)   :2thumbsup;
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« Reply #13 on: September 16, 2007, 06:16:22 AM »

For many years I would roast a 13-15 pound turkey for the staff for Thanksgiving when the center was open on that day and I was dialyzing.  Now they give us off for the holiday.
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« Reply #14 on: September 16, 2007, 08:25:29 AM »

From time to time I take in chocolates for the staff... and awhile ago I took in a bunch of soaps and hand lotion and stuff from Body Shop (the hazelnut lotion still sits by the main sink they use to wash their hands!!)... they REALLY apprieciate it.. I don't do it to get treated better (I don't know how they COULD treat me better anyway!) but I just like to take in something nice from time to time.

Also I have a "lolly" jar with me at treatments... with jelly beans and musk sticks... it started because a nurse suggested I have something with sugar when my BP got low to ward off cramp... but these days it stays there and while I still eat some from time to time some of the nurses come and help themselves (which I encourage!) and sometimes I offer to the others in my area if they want (though I have to be careful with the diabetics!)... It's a little thing but a pleasure when someone enjoys it.. And the 12 hour shifts those nurses work I figure a little sugar can really help!!

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« Reply #15 on: September 16, 2007, 08:52:45 AM »

i've never taken treats, but we did have a very nice tech who was pregnant last year and i made her a blanket for the baby
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« Reply #16 on: September 16, 2007, 11:03:01 AM »

I take chocolates to my nephs office.  They are all so good to me and I want them to know I appreciate them. 
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« Reply #17 on: September 16, 2007, 01:58:28 PM »

Bring treats and gifts? Since my only income is SS disability I can barely afford gas and food but I
have thought about it. All I'm able to do is give a few Cards during the holidays.

But hey do you have to bribe your dialysis worker to get better care? Whats next, a tip?

Yeah I've seen the well off patients bring expensive chocolates for the staff.

Techs excluded, with the money they make, they could buy me a root beer!

It's nice to give and sad when you want to but can't.

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« Reply #18 on: September 17, 2007, 12:14:57 AM »

bd as often as not it's the thought that counts - I bet a personally written card of apprieciation is perhaps more welcome than a box of expensive chocolates - it is certainly more personal! :)
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« Reply #19 on: September 17, 2007, 04:29:06 AM »

 :yahoo; Our nurses act like little kids when patients bring ANY gift. Cards, candy, lotions: it doesnt matter what is given. I've never looked at the gifts as "bribes" to be treated better. I can honestly say when I read that, I felt sad for the patients that feel they have to give to get better treatment. I would rather receive a hand written card in appreciation  from a patient than a new car to treat someone better. The latter gift would show that just maybe I'm not as good a nurse as I thought. (But if ya'll wanna pool up some money, get me a truck with a trailer hitch for my fishin boat  :clap; )
  I'm glad I found these forums. This is the first time I've gotten a glimpse of a patients perspective spoken with honesty. I've had many friendships here and I've found, no matter how close a bond you have there will always be a small but perceptible boundary there. Either becaue you are the caregiver or to spare your feelings, my patients never truly opened up with frank discussions about their care. I think I will strive to get actual input as soon as I get back on the floor in 2 months.

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« Reply #20 on: September 17, 2007, 05:55:19 AM »

Being that I can't even get a can of sprite from these people when I forget to bring my own drink I don't plan on bringing them anything.  There is one lady (a nurse I think) that always comments "That looks good, did you bring me one?" and it ticks me off from time to time, it's annoying because it's been going on for months now and she still "jokes (?)" about it.  I am about giving and I get a lot out of it when I do but not when someone is expecting to receive or if they never think to give themselves.  When I go to treatments it's business only.
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« Reply #21 on: September 17, 2007, 06:08:56 AM »

Rob would bring in stuff from time to time.  They were always appreciative.  For Christmas he brought them a big box of Joe from Duncan Donuts and bagels/donuts.  He is very good at drawing, he would draw things for their kids.  He loved his nurses/techs and they loved him.  There were some patients who were downright rude to the staff and the staff still treated them nice. 

Even though he does dialysis at home now, he still visits his center.  In fact one of his favorite techs is a neighbor and friend of his and now his his son is a friend of our son.

I don't know why some people just go into the centers with a negative mind set towards the staff.  I can understand if a nurse/tech is rude, then I would be mad too.  I really hate when there are inept nurses, really ticks me off.  But can everyone at a center be that rude/mean? 

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« Reply #22 on: September 18, 2007, 08:02:57 AM »

So you all have such nice things to say about bringing in treats for the in-center staff and my previous post made me seem like an ass I decided to bring in a treat today.  Well wouldn't you know it she isn't here today, I guess I will save it for her and give it a go on Thursday.
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« Reply #23 on: September 23, 2007, 09:27:00 AM »

I have not started dialysis yet, but I do know that when I get to know everyone I will bring treats to them.  Everyone was soooo very nice when I went in last week.  I love making treats for people.

One thing that sux tho.... they told me that we cant eat in there.  We can only eat in the waiting room.  Maybe if I bring treats often enough  they will change that rule  :bandance;

Does anyones clinic do special things during the holidays???
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« Reply #24 on: September 23, 2007, 03:23:45 PM »

My clinic used to pass out lunch bags for Christmas and Thanksgiving, they would give a sandwich, cookies, an apple juice and a little container of mac. salad,  :2thumbsup; 
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