Working on Christmas is hard on anyone, and this is especially true for nurses! Patient care never stops and nurses have to work a lot of holidays throughout the year. Let’s look at some ways you can make the holiday a little easier on yourself.
If you are a nurse who has to work this Christmas and are disappointed about missing out on family time, here are some ways to bring back that holiday cheer!
1. Decorate Everywhere!
One of the best parts about Christmas is decorating for it! Even if it’s just your locker or decorating around the work area, it’s still nice to be festive and will lift your spirits. It will bring joy to your patients, too!
2. Coworker Fun!
Having your coworkers help with decorating will brighten everyone’s mood. Even having a fun “Secret Santa”, where everyone picks a coworkers name and brings them a present, will make the day a lot more entertaining. Just because you’re not with your immediate family at Christmas doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate with your work family.
3. Be Flexible
A lot of healthcare facilities try to be fair with their scheduling. If this is a year where you don’t have scheduled family get-togethers, volunteer to take a shift so one of your coworkers can enjoy time with their family. Maybe you are lucky and your facility pays you more for working on a holiday. Also, if you work Christmas this year, perhaps you will get Christmas off next year. Possibly, you celebrate other holidays more than Christmas. It is always nice when your facility or someone who works there owes you a favor!
4. The Patients
In the end, you are there for your patients. Remember, they appreciate the holidays as well, and they may not be able to see their families. Recollect the reason you wanted to be a nurse—to make a difference. When you are working the holiday, try and focus on making their holiday special.
Nurses bring a lot of happiness and care to their patients. Here are some Christmas stories nurses shared when working on that special day.
Gifts and Cheer
“If nurses get the holiday blues not being able to spend that time with family, imagine how much worse it is to spend that time in the hospital as a patient. They need extra care to keep from getting down in the dumps. Erica Andersen says she ‘scrounged the unit for Christmas presents for a patient whose family bailed on her for Christmas at the last minute. I’ve never seen such appreciation on the face of someone unwrapping a new toothbrush and a bottle of lilac-scented shampoo.’ ”
Santa Comes to Town
“Rob R. Martin kept it jolly last year on Christmas Eve by playing Santa. As the only male charge RN on duty, he got volunteered for the part. Rob put on a happy face, donned the suit and delivered gifts to all the children. Turns out, the experience was well worth it. ‘You should have seen the eyes of the kids in PICU light up. PEDS also loved it. I was glad to do it and help out…families appreciated the gesture for sure!’”
Cookies and Candy
“LPN nurse Nikki helped bring joy not only to her patients but also to her coworkers. Another LPN nurse, Beth, shed light on how Nikki impacted her Christmas day, ‘I was disappointed I didn’t get to spend Christmas with my family. Then Nikki came in with a bunch of Christmas cookies and candy and it was a small gesture, but it made my whole day a lot better. Not only were the cookies and candy adorable to look at but tasted amazing!’”
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“Nurses Have Some Crazy Holiday Stories | Scrubs – The Leading Lifestyle Nursing Magazine Featuring Inspirational and Informational Nursing Articles.” Scrubs Magazine, 13 Dec. 2012, scrubsmag.com/nurses-have-some-crazy-holiday-stories/.