You’re a nurse, so it’s natural that you’d be more health-conscious than the average person. Still, that shouldn’t stop you from handing out fun treats for the kids on Halloween. Here are my (not-so-serious) suggestions:
- Dermabond. Not only can you slide a lot of those little sponge-topped vials into a scrub pocket, but parents will be thankful. The next time Bradleigh cuts himself on his Xbox, Mom and Dad can save a trip to the ER!
- Gauze. Save whatever’s left over from this year’s mummy costume and hand it out, neatly rolled, to the tykes at the door. Four-by-fours are another good choice; we all know how handy those are.
- Tiny tubes of moisture-resistant antifungal cream are always a big hit. If you have some left over after Halloween, relabel them “Toothpaste” and hand them out on April 1.
- Nonslip socks are a multipurpose sugar-free treat for kids and parents of all ages. Remember, fall risks rise steadily after age 40. Be sure to remind the parents of this fact with a big Halloween smile.
- Package up the Halloween candy from work that even nurses won’t eat and take it to hand out at home. As a bonus, you won’t have any trick-or-treaters next year!
Here are some things you probably shouldn’t hand out, no matter how great the temptation:
- Individually packaged scalpel blades, unless you want a certain…reputation.
- Cans of whatever supplemental shake you provide to your patients.
- Packages of thickener or fiber. That’s just asking for trouble.
- Durable medical equipment. As tempting as it might be to give the kids fun toys with flashing lights and alarms, hospitals generally don’t take kindly to having their continuous-dialysis machines handed out.
- Toothbrushes and toothpaste. Come on, nobody does that anymore unless they want their yard permanently toilet-papered from now until 2020. Have a heart.
Have a happy Halloween!
This article was republished with permission from SCRUBS Magazine.