"What do you need Christmas off for? You don't have kids!" (rant) - page 30

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   thatoneguy
    this thread is too funny. i always take my turn working holidays. if it is my turn have one off i take that too. anyone tells me anything different i tell too bad i will not be here on that day. if they put me on the schedule i dont show up. then tell the staffing office it was my turn to have that holiday off i informed everyone i was taking my turn off. i always add its worth my job to have it off, after all it was my turn not that persons. i will quit right now if you like. dont think i will have a problem finding somewhere else to work that will be more far about it. that usually makes them back off, if not dont really want to work there anyway.
    as far the girl that said the thing about her kids, just tell her it was her choice to work. you dont have to work, but if you do you must follow the rules and take your turn. deal with it or be a stay home mom. dont bother me anymore about your personal issues.
  2. by   pixie0413
    I am not currently a nurse but going to school soon. I've worked in the retail buisness since 2000. I would be besides myself to have any of the scheduling that you all have as nurses. I have not had a Thanksgiving or Christmas Eve off since I was in high school. The past five years I've had to go into work on Christmas Day to check on my store for about 3-4 hours. Maria, take your holiday and be happy.
    All of us should be happy with any time we get to spend with our families. Thousands of people never get to spend the holidays with their families because of their work. I work all the holidays so that my customers are able to purchase the things they need to enjoy them.
    Oh, by the way, the reason my work always schedules me for the holidays is just because of the reason that women gave you. They have kids and I don't. Well, six years later I'm starting to see they are full of (very bad things).
  3. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Supposedly this woman huffed and puffed all day Christmas day about having to work, to the point the surgeon said "put a cork in it and fizz out" (he WOULD say something like that, after getting annoyed with whining).

    And this is the ONE year we didn't get a ruptured AAA or any suicide attempts. But it was Appy Avenue, apparently.
  4. by   ADONLTC
    I have since gone from being the Assistant DON to the DON at a 140 bed facility. I have always hated the holiday schedules. For a good number of staff, its no big deal. They accept that SOMEONE has to work the holidays. But, as soon as the schedule is posted, the line outside of my office starts. There is always the one who wants EVERY holiday off, and the one who wants every Christmas or every New Year off.

    I am a strong believer that staff should rotate their holidays, REGARDLESS of seniority. If you worked Christmas last year, you have the first choice of being off this year. Now, if staff wants to trade after the schedule is posted, I have no problems with that, as long as the shifts are covered.

    Now, all that said. I have a lot of admiration for my staff who volunteered to come and work on the holidays. I don't know what I would do without those people!!
  5. by   psr
    Marie,

    Good for you. My child is grown but still I enjoy having the holiday off as well as the next person, besides nursing is a 24 hour, 365 day a year job. All medical profesessionals realize this and know that sick people do not take a holiday. Does she think that the people you care for want to be there on that holiday? She needs a reality check or needs to get a new job>
  6. by   Bipley
    Quote from Marie_LPN
    Supposedly this woman huffed and puffed all day Christmas day about having to work, to the point the surgeon said "put a cork in it and fizz out" (he WOULD say something like that, after getting annoyed with whining).

    And this is the ONE year we didn't get a ruptured AAA or any suicide attempts. But it was Appy Avenue, apparently.
    Geez... sounds like she was abolutely determined to have a horrible day.
  7. by   kadokin
    Quote from Bipley
    Geez... sounds like she was abolutely determined to have a horrible day.
    Doesn't it just. And, you know, there are some people who will NEVER be happy, no matter what you do for them. It's just too bad.
  8. by   Bipley
    Quote from kadokin
    Doesn't it just. And, you know, there are some people who will NEVER be happy, no matter what you do for them. It's just too bad.
    True, but it is also their choice.
  9. by   SmilingBluEyes
    It WAS indeed Abraham Lincoln who said:

    "Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be".

    This person is a whiney-baby. I am glad the surgeon put her in her place. Now that Christmas 2005 is history, I hope her griping will be put to rest, finally.
  10. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    It must have been bad if he said something about it. He never routinely says that (unless he's just joking around, which he does frequently, he's from the era where "sit on it" was the phrase, and he uses that a lot in a kidding manner).

    Depends on what her holiday is for 2006 will depend on if and when she quits whining.
  11. by   bnc2n
    I definitely agree that it gets frustrating. I don't have kids either and some co-workers expect me to work all of the holidays. Halloween usually always gets ugly but I am not giving in just because I don't have kids. I do have neices and nephews that I like to spend time with.
  12. by   tntrn
    AS bad as this is, we have a nurse who has actually told one of our single, childless nurses that she shouldn't apply for any summer vacation time because she doesn't have any kids. Of course, she has no qualms whatsoever about pulling her kid out of school at any time for any reason. Some people must think it's all about them!
  13. by   Pepper The Cat
    I have been told that I should work Xmas because I don't have children. I have also been told that I can work overtime, stay late, come in early etc because I don't have any other "responsibilities" at home. After all, (so I've been told) I don't have to do laundry, make meals or clean my house - because I'm single! I guess some magic fairy does all this for single people.
    When I was working full time and going to university part time, I was also told by someone that she would do it too, but she "has kids" you know.
    By the way - if any of you other single people out there has seen this magic fairy that does all the housework, please send them my way. I'm trying to teach the cat to vacuum but he's a slow learner.

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