"What do you need Christmas off for? You don't have kids!" (rant) - page 23

It's that time of year again, even though the holiday schedule has been out for a year, people are making last minute switches. No big deal except for a co-worker that approached me, after seeing i... Read More

  1. by   realnursealso/LPN
    I just wanted to say, Merry Christmas to all my friends on AllNurses. Isn't that what it is all about? Happy Holidays, God bless you all. Some of us will be working, some of us will be home, but remember, it's all about a baby, born long ago, and he was someone's child. :angel2:
  2. by   lee22
    Who cares about her kids-really!!!!!!!!!!!!! Are you worth less as a person because you don't have any? Is your family any less important? All of us know that nursing involves working weekends, holidays and nights. Why should the childless staff have to do the crappy part of their job? If you don't like the hours and it interferes with your family life, find another profession. For all you childless people out there----think about the benefit to the planet and the environment--less consumers means a prolonged and less polluted world---you are doing something great for the "collective good"
  3. by   sweet31eve
    I have to give props to my coworkers...I posted in here earlier about getting stuck with call for the four day weekend of Christmas and I have an update...a newbie to our department is taking Christmas Eve (she insisted) and a veteran nurse came up to me and offered to take part of Christmas for me because her plans changed and she will be celebrating Christmas this weekend with her family now instead of on Christmas! So now I am just on Friday, part of Sunday and Monday! Things have a way of working out and you can bet I will remember the favor and will definately return it!
  4. by   goats'r'us
    i can sort of understand what she was getting at. (WAIT! DON'T SHOOT ME!!)

    i don't have kids, but i know that when i do, i'm going to want to be there on christmas morning to open presents and play with them, and i know i'll probably get a little cheesed off that people with no kids are 'stealing' time i'd like to have with my young'uns.

    that said, the way she asked, as well as her logic, was very rude indeed. if it was me i would have left off at 'no i'm not interested in a swap' and gone away to sulk! (a healthy pastime that offends few people)

    if someone said to me that i don't need christmas off because i don't have kids, i'd probably have answered 'yeah, but my parents do'
  5. by   nurse4theplanet
    What do you need Christmas off for? You don't have kids!

    Just wait until the next time this person asks for a weekend off and smartly say

    HEY! What do you need Sunday off for? Your not God!!!!

    some ppl are so rude you can't reason with them and they deserve to be put in their place! hahahahahahahaha
  6. by   nurse4theplanet
    Quote from Kaseyrn2b
    a Bit off topic, BUT

    I was wondering if anyone here has decided to put off nursing for this very reason...24/7 job? I have been slowly taking prereqs and toying w/ the idea of nursing school for yrs. I have 2 small kids and can't imagine missing Christmas( yes, on the day) and birthdays, church etc. I hear what people are saying about celebrating on different days, how serving the sick honors Christ more than anything, and I truly think they are some beautiful sentiments. However, I am not sure I can give it up. Maybe I' m just selfish. We did strange schedules w/ my hubby's job for years, and to me it stunk. he just got a normal 9-5 m-f gig about 3 yrs ago, and I have to admit its been wonderful. I guess I'm just wondering if I'd be better off waiting on being a nurse until the little munchkins weren't so little? Sorry to ramble, just curious if the schedule was a deal breaker for anyone here. I can't see doing anything but hosp work, the 9-5 stuff around here is very low-paying, at least for new-grads.

    BTW, I'd never expect anyone, childfree or otherwise, to 'give' me the holiday just b/c I have kiddos...this is why I'm doing the soul searching now!
    Better come into it with a realistic expectation. The MAJORITY of those who celebrate Christmas are going to want the holiday off...whether they have kids or not is irrelevant. Perhaps, you should find work at an outpatient clinic or something along that lines if nursing is your passion. But don't go to a hospital expecting to receive the holiday schedule you would like to have...especially as the low man on the totem pole. Hospital=working holidays, including Christmas, at one point or another.
  7. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    i don't have kids, but i know that when i do, i'm going to want to be there on christmas morning to open presents and play with them, and i know i'll probably get a little cheesed off that people with no kids are 'stealing' time i'd like to have with my young'uns.
    And they could see it at time stolen from them for your choices in life.

    As i've said before, i've got reason that are important to me, however, it doesn't make anyone else's more or less important.

    Having kids or not does not give someone the right to certain days off, nor does it give them the right to be "cheesed" at someone who had the days off.
  8. by   Jessy_RN
    Quote from Marie_LPN
    And they could see it at time stolen from them for your choices in life.

    As i've said before, i've got reason that are important to me, however, it doesn't make anyone else's more or less important.

    Having kids or not does not give someone the right to certain days off, nor does it give them the right to be "cheesed" at someone who had the days off.
    I agree 100% with Marie. I am one of those that has no kids, and has to work every holiday so that mommy so and so can have the day off with her kids. (I don't mind, if asked, but do if you assume I have no family to tend to). I am also the one who at times gets badgered at school for not having any kids, and presumably taking up a spot for a maybe more deserving needy parent.

    Jokingly or not, it isn't cute :stone

    Some chose to have children before school, and others prefer to make arrangements and have them after. Either way, respect and a common sense should prevail.
  9. by   LoriAlabamaRN
    Quote from goats'r'us
    i can sort of understand what she was getting at. (WAIT! DON'T SHOOT ME!!)

    i don't have kids, but i know that when i do, i'm going to want to be there on christmas morning to open presents and play with them, and i know i'll probably get a little cheesed off that people with no kids are 'stealing' time i'd like to have with my young'uns.
    Sheesh.... "stealing time?" How about when you are off Christmas, are you "stealing time" from those of us who want to be with our family? Noone is "stealing time" from you, regardless when you work. You are in a profession that requires holidays be worked, and as such, people must do so with respect for everyone else AS AN EMPLOYEE, not as a parent.
  10. by   Jessy_RN
    Quote from LoriAlabamaRN
    Sheesh.... "stealing time?" How about when you are off Christmas, are you "stealing time" from those of us who want to be with our family? Noone is "stealing time" from you, regardless when you work. You are in a profession that requires holidays be worked, and as such, people must do so with respect for everyone else AS AN EMPLOYEE, not as a parent.
    deleted to avoid confusion
    Last edit by Jessy_RN on Dec 13, '05
  11. by   caroladybelle
    Quote from Future_RN_Jess
    Imagine, the one's who never wanted children or able to have them. That would be miserable.
    What???
  12. by   Jessy_RN
    Quote from caroladybelle
    What???
    You have to read a few posts back to get my point.

    Never mind though
  13. by   caroladybelle
    So, people that don't want to have kids = miserable????

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