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    liz dexic, The Marti, kalika, emidesu, Creosote

    having been a nurses' aide, many years ago -- nurses are trained to accompany patients and their families in this journey, and generally take satisfaction in doing so well. What helps: 1. family members who take the time to say "thank you," and who readily leave the room when the staff needs to do dressing changes or bed changes or meds or whatever -- in other words, courtesy and consideration. 2. Nurses are not allowed to accept cash tips as a thank you. However, most places they are allowed to accept in-kind gifts like a big fruit basket, or homemade carrot muffins, or something, to be shared in the staff break room. You can ask the receptionist at the desk in that unit what would be an appropriate token of appreciation.

    It is a sad journey, and one that every family makes sooner or later. Go well --

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