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17 Weirdly Useful Products That Will Make Nurses Say "OMG YES!"

Genius gifts for anyone who understands what a "code brown" really means.

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1. These oh-so-supportive socks that will support your feet during long shifts.

Promising review: “Highly recommended. I am currently eight-months pregnant and wear these beauties every single day. I could only afford one pair on our budget, but I come home from work, take them off, wash them, and hang them to dry for the next day. I never knew how painful the swelling in my legs and feet could be until recently, and these socks were a complete game changer. I stand for over nine hours a day at work, so I can’t begin to explain how badly my legs and feet ached. I have a picture of what my feet looked like with (right) and without using the socks (left). The difference is tremendous!” —Olivia StockdellGet the Physix Compression Socks on Amazon, £9.91Still not convinced? Read this: Nurses, Athletes, Pregnant People, And Travelers Swear By These $20 Socks
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Promising review: “Highly recommended. I am currently eight-months pregnant and wear these beauties every single day. I could only afford one pair on our budget, but I come home from work, take them off, wash them, and hang them to dry for the next day. I never knew how painful the swelling in my legs and feet could be until recently, and these socks were a complete game changer. I stand for over nine hours a day at work, so I can’t begin to explain how badly my legs and feet ached. I have a picture of what my feet looked like with (right) and without using the socks (left). The difference is tremendous!” —Olivia Stockdell

Get the Physix Compression Socks on Amazon, £9.91

Still not convinced? Read this: Nurses, Athletes, Pregnant People, And Travelers Swear By These $20 Socks

2. A pocket organiser that cleverly stands up by itself – so you'll always have everything right where you need it.

Promising review: "Has been very useful for me as a student nurse, and helps me stay organised and less flustered from looking for basic tools – like tape! Has lead to many staff members approaching me on the ward for stuff like that because I almost always have what's needed."Keeps everything in place almost all the time (little things in the pocket above the mesh one might fall out occasionally) so I'm not having to rummage or dig out everything from said-pocket. Also minimises washing machine-pocket accidents."I like that it can stand on its own on a desk. Adds very much to the versatility of the product while maximising table space!" – Catherine NearyGet it at Amazon, £8.99
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Promising review: "Has been very useful for me as a student nurse, and helps me stay organised and less flustered from looking for basic tools – like tape! Has lead to many staff members approaching me on the ward for stuff like that because I almost always have what's needed.

"Keeps everything in place almost all the time (little things in the pocket above the mesh one might fall out occasionally) so I'm not having to rummage or dig out everything from said-pocket. Also minimises washing machine-pocket accidents.

"I like that it can stand on its own on a desk. Adds very much to the versatility of the product while maximising table space!" – Catherine Neary

Get it at Amazon, £8.99

3. A genius gadget that will disinfect their smartphone in six minutes, because who wants to bring germs home?

Promising review: "I was a little sceptical about what this would actually do but thought I'd give it a go, and I'm pleasantly surprised. You cant see the cleaning, ie. if you put your phone in with smudges it will still come out with smudges but this kills the bacteria that can build up on it. I've since used it for make up brushes and jewellery, and if you add a few drops of essential oil the aromatherapy function leaves whatever you put in there smelling really nice.It can charge your phone whilst sanitizing it too using the internal cables supplied, (you get one micro USB and one lightening cable)." – Chris and KarenGet the Svpro Sterilizer on Amazon, £29.99
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Promising review: "I was a little sceptical about what this would actually do but thought I'd give it a go, and I'm pleasantly surprised. You cant see the cleaning, ie. if you put your phone in with smudges it will still come out with smudges but this kills the bacteria that can build up on it. I've since used it for make up brushes and jewellery, and if you add a few drops of essential oil the aromatherapy function leaves whatever you put in there smelling really nice.

It can charge your phone whilst sanitizing it too using the internal cables supplied, (you get one micro USB and one lightening cable)." – Chris and Karen

Get the Svpro Sterilizer on Amazon, £29.99

4. An insulated water bottle because long hours + no water = dehydration.

Promising review: "Bought this to use for night shift at work. Filled with boiling water at 8 pm and it stayed hot throughout the night when I took breaks. Tipped the remainder out when I got home at 6.30, and it was still hot enough to make my coffee. I'm so pleased with my purchase - 500, pink grapefruit. Well worth the money." – JayndeeGet SHO on Amazon, £16.99
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Promising review: "Bought this to use for night shift at work. Filled with boiling water at 8 pm and it stayed hot throughout the night when I took breaks. Tipped the remainder out when I got home at 6.30, and it was still hot enough to make my coffee. I'm so pleased with my purchase - 500, pink grapefruit. Well worth the money." – Jayndee

Get SHO on Amazon, £16.99

5. This real AF colouring book for anyone who understands what a "code brown" really means.

Promising review: "This is one of the funniest adult colouring books I have seen. The comments through it are full of thoughts that you can imagine any tired stressed nurse would understandably have at times. I gave this book as a gift to a nurse at my local hospital after I had been a patient there and it was well appreciated by all of the staff...I doubt they have much time on shift to use it, but just a quick glimpse through at some of the comments is sure to bring a much needed laugh into their busy days." – La StregaGet Nurse Life on Amazon, £5.99
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Promising review: "This is one of the funniest adult colouring books I have seen. The comments through it are full of thoughts that you can imagine any tired stressed nurse would understandably have at times. I gave this book as a gift to a nurse at my local hospital after I had been a patient there and it was well appreciated by all of the staff...I doubt they have much time on shift to use it, but just a quick glimpse through at some of the comments is sure to bring a much needed laugh into their busy days." – La Strega

Get Nurse Life on Amazon, £5.99

6. This triple-pen pocket clip that means you'll never lose a pen again (or if somebody doesn't return the pen they borrowed, it's no big deal).

Promising review: "Amazing product that I never knew of until I saw a colleague with one recently. Perfect! I now have my pen light, scissors and pen in one place without them falling out on the floor when I bend down. If only there were four slots for a spare pen :)" – Mahatma CoatGet it on Amazon, £1.55
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Promising review: "Amazing product that I never knew of until I saw a colleague with one recently. Perfect! I now have my pen light, scissors and pen in one place without them falling out on the floor when I bend down. If only there were four slots for a spare pen :)" – Mahatma Coat

Get it on Amazon, £1.55

7. This bestselling eye mask to block out sunlight when you're sleeping in the day.

Promising review: "The BEST THING I've bought in ages, feels lovely on, has a good weight and hold the chill of the freezer for a couple of hours. I'm just sad I didn't find this sooner. Perfect for tired eyes or headaches." – T. WycraftGet it on Amazon, £19.99Not convinced? Read more here: If You Regularly Suffer From Headaches Or Hangovers, You Need This Eye Mask
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Promising review: "The BEST THING I've bought in ages, feels lovely on, has a good weight and hold the chill of the freezer for a couple of hours. I'm just sad I didn't find this sooner. Perfect for tired eyes or headaches." – T. Wycraft

Get it on Amazon, £19.99

Not convinced? Read more here: If You Regularly Suffer From Headaches Or Hangovers, You Need This Eye Mask

8. This seriously highly-rated cream that will revitalise constantly-washed hands.

Promising review: “O’Keeffe’s working hands cream has really really helped my hands through using prescription creams at high strength steroid creams nothing would move my dermatitis / eczema...Used to put on the creams in past and within 5 mins my hands would be breaking out again as the cream dried in.As I write this order I know what I am going to do right after it, I am getting another tub right away!” – Ross Vlogs VTGet O'Keefe's Hand Cream on Amazon, £6.78Not convinced? Read more here: Here’s What You Should Buy The Nurse In Your Life, Like Now
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Promising review: “O’Keeffe’s working hands cream has really really helped my hands through using prescription creams at high strength steroid creams nothing would move my dermatitis / eczema...Used to put on the creams in past and within 5 mins my hands would be breaking out again as the cream dried in.

As I write this order I know what I am going to do right after it, I am getting another tub right away!” – Ross Vlogs VT

Get O'Keefe's Hand Cream on Amazon, £6.78

Not convinced? Read more here: Here’s What You Should Buy The Nurse In Your Life, Like Now

9. A nail rescue kit because a ragged nail + gloves is a world of pain.

Promising review: "This is a super set. Tools are well made, sharp and well designed and fit neatly into the small but sturdy case, smooth shape slips easily into handbag or pocket. Just the thing for those nail emergencies. Lovely lime green colour, very pretty. Tweezerman tools are not cheap, but are top quality, so should outlast imitations. Well worth that little extra. Recommended." – Puzzle PrincessGet this kit on Amazon, £16
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Promising review: "This is a super set. Tools are well made, sharp and well designed and fit neatly into the small but sturdy case, smooth shape slips easily into handbag or pocket. Just the thing for those nail emergencies. Lovely lime green colour, very pretty. Tweezerman tools are not cheap, but are top quality, so should outlast imitations. Well worth that little extra. Recommended." – Puzzle Princess

Get this kit on Amazon, £16

10. A hand sanitiser gel that clips onto your belt and is approved by the NHS (so it won't trigger any allergies).

Promising review: "Great. Just what I need between patients" – Amazon CustomerGet it on Amazon, £3.40
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Promising review: "Great. Just what I need between patients" – Amazon Customer

Get it on Amazon, £3.40

11. This mug to serve tea and truth to anyone who says "oh being a nurse is easy".

Promising review: T"his mug is hilarious! I bought it for my sister who's a nurse and she loves it. The image is vivid and although she has just gotten it I think it looks durable and will stand up to regular washing well." – EGet it on Amazon, £7.99
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Promising review: T"his mug is hilarious! I bought it for my sister who's a nurse and she loves it. The image is vivid and although she has just gotten it I think it looks durable and will stand up to regular washing well." – E

Get it on Amazon, £7.99

12. A day by day calendar with funny jokes and insights that will get a nurse through the toughest of shifts.

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Promising review: "fabulous and funny!" – Susanne Caviness

Get it on Amazon, £11.99

13. A three pack of jolly watches that are silicone (easy to disinfect!) and waterproof to boot.

Promising review: "Really nice item looks cool...not seen anything like it before, so much nicer than the boring fob watches you normally see....this is a fun looking watch just what the patients love to see." – Nikki PSGet them on Amazon, £8.99
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Promising review: "Really nice item looks cool...not seen anything like it before, so much nicer than the boring fob watches you normally see....this is a fun looking watch just what the patients love to see." – Nikki PS

Get them on Amazon, £8.99

14. These novelty pens that will tickle any nurse's funny bone.

Promising review: "Nice bit of fun as a sticking filler . Seem to be easy to use ..was a bit concerned about gripping them but seem ok . Ink seems to run well and writes clearly." – MoroGet five for £6.99 on Amazon
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Promising review: "Nice bit of fun as a sticking filler . Seem to be easy to use ..was a bit concerned about gripping them but seem ok . Ink seems to run well and writes clearly." – Moro

Get five for £6.99 on Amazon

15. A gripping memoir that is perfect for any Call The Midwife fans.

Promising review: "Just couldn't put this book down, from the very first chapter I was completely hooked. Being a nurse myself, training in the good old days of Matron and standing to attention when Sister walked on the ward, it brought it all back to me and at times it was myself stood there in front of Matron experiencing those gut wrenching feelings! Completely funny and entertaining, so descriptive, I was wafted onto those wards." – TJGet it on Amazon, £6.60
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Promising review: "Just couldn't put this book down, from the very first chapter I was completely hooked. Being a nurse myself, training in the good old days of Matron and standing to attention when Sister walked on the ward, it brought it all back to me and at times it was myself stood there in front of Matron experiencing those gut wrenching feelings! Completely funny and entertaining, so descriptive, I was wafted onto those wards." – TJ

Get it on Amazon, £6.60

16. A buzzy bee badge holder that is perfect for anyone who works on a children's ward.

Promising review: "I'm a pediatric nursing student and I bought this to wear my id on the ward when they banned lanyards, the kids love it. The pull is long enough to reach doors etc from my pocket and it clips on securely, very impressed." – etraceyGet it on Amazon, £5.50
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Promising review: "I'm a pediatric nursing student and I bought this to wear my id on the ward when they banned lanyards, the kids love it. The pull is long enough to reach doors etc from my pocket and it clips on securely, very impressed." – etracey

Get it on Amazon, £5.50

17. And this very necessary wine glass to toast all their hard work at the end of the day.

Promising review: "Wonderful glass. Thick, not cheap. Thin beautiful engraving – looks like it cost more than it did, came with a lovely gift bag wrapped in tissue paper followed by bubble wrap to avoid any scratches/getting broken arrived on time. Couldn't be more positive about this!" – ElizabethGet it on Amazon, £12.99
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Promising review: "Wonderful glass. Thick, not cheap. Thin beautiful engraving – looks like it cost more than it did, came with a lovely gift bag wrapped in tissue paper followed by bubble wrap to avoid any scratches/getting broken arrived on time. Couldn't be more positive about this!" – Elizabeth

Get it on Amazon, £12.99

Reviews have been edited for length and clarity.