National School Nurse Day Gift Ideas


National School Nurse Day is celebrated on the Wednesday during National Nurses Week, which is usually the second week of May. School nurses do far more than simply hand out adhesive bandages and their jobs can vary widely depending on the socioeconomic status of their student populations. Show your appreciation for your local school nurse--some of whom have hundreds of "patients"--by giving her a gift she will love.

Thank You Notes

  • Nothing is more heartfelt than a thank you note penned by a grateful student. Give your school nurse a carefully written and decorated thank you note, made especially for her from your child.

Something Useful

  • School nurses enjoy useful gifts just like anyone else. Ask other people who work near her, such as a secretary or the principal, if there is anything that she might find useful. A desk organizer, for example, or a pocket chart for the wall might be items she could put to immediate use.

Gift Certificates

  • Gift certificates can be a great gift for your school nurse. Try a gift certificate to a favorite coffee house, or a teacher's store--many teachers supply stores have fun items for school nurses such as health posters, plastic medical equipment for those younger children who may want to play with them, and other similar items.

Something Personal

  • Take the time to find out what your school nurse loves to do or something she really treasures. Perhaps she is an avid gardener and would enjoy a basket full of seed packets. Maybe she loves books and would be thrilled to receive the latest best-seller. Getting to know your school nurse outside of her role as a medical professional will show her that you truly appreciate her and what she does for the students.

Something Public

  • Shout your appreciation to the entire school community by getting the school nurse something show-stopping, such as a bunch of helium balloons or a large bouquet of brightly colored flowers. Or, stretch a handmade (perhaps signed by students) banner across the school doors proclaiming her the "Best School Nurse in the World." She won't be able to miss your appreciation for her.


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