Sure, you’re not supposed to accept gifts from patients, but sometimes that might not be such a bad thing.
A blog this week on nursingtimes.net asks whether nurses should ever accept gifts from patients. It’s a tricky ethical question that has brought out strong views for and against.
But before you defend patients’ right to show their gratitude to nurses with a small token, or argue that this might influence the quality of care they receive, Beyond the Bedpan would like to draw your attention to a much less serious issue.
What if some gifts from patients are just a bit, well, not what you’d hoped for, to put it lightly?
For example, a thread on Facebook asking nurses about the strangest gifts they’ve received throws up some real corkers. We have to say first prize goes to a picture of the nurse leaning over the patient to change his colostomy bag - blown up to poster size. Pig intestines were not far behind.
Perhaps you’ve received your own weird and wonderful presents from patients. Post yours below - we’ve got a prize for the best answer.