“What is the nicest thing that a patient has ever said to you?”
Here is what nurses answered.
Punctuation added/corrected for clarity.
“We loved you so much we’d like you to come home and be our nanny. We couldn’t think of leaving our baby with anyone else.”
Patient's daughter gave me the book 5 people you meet before you go to heaven. Wrote in it: “Thank you for being my dad's last angel to help him pass with love and dignity.” I cried for days....
“Thank you for everything, I really felt like you were my mom today.” (Labour & Delivery)
They loved my bedside manor and wished me all the luck in the world. I had been off of orientation for a week at that point. I had just got my license.
Shift change- bedside report - as we left the room a visitor entered and stopped. She looked at me and then at the patient and she said to me - "You probably don't remember me, but you were my favourite nurse. I was here two years ago and you made all the difference. I'm so glad you're her nurse tonight!"
Live for those moments.
I was saying goodbye to a patient because she would be discharged before my next shift. She was on the phone to her daughter who asked who she was talking to. She said “our favourite nurse.” The daughter must have said my name because she responded “of course!” Still makes me smile.
I have been an RN for 33 years. I have worked in Toronto, Fort Lauderdale, Little Rock, Niagara Falls and St. Catharines