Christmas Schedule - page 5

Hey! just wondered how your Christmas schedule looks? I dont have a Christmas this year. It totally isnt fair! My NM has me working Dec. 23,24,25. I am transferring to O.B. soon, so i guess i will... Read More

  1. by   cindyln
    I had Thanksgiving off,work 23,24 and 25 Dec and New Year's Eve and Day.All 7a-7p.I am so bummed.There are nurses that did not get scheduled for ANY OF THE HOLIDAYS! what do they do???
  2. by   flowerchild
    People shouldn't treat you badly if you choose to take off a earned holiday. I really do agree that it should be fair for everyone with no priorities to anyone. Parents should plan accordingly and work the least important holidays to them, or have a job that allows the holidays off, which is what I have done. Priorities, ya know. I'm sure there are Mommy/nurses who have no choice and must work the holidays. :-{
    In the past I have been lucky to work with many young travelers and transplants who had no children, I was and still am thankful to them. They would work all the holidays on the unit b/c they'd rather work than be home alone. My point is that it is very nice when someone volunteers to work so that a mother with young children can be home on the holidays.
    I'm sorry so many of you have been bullied at work over taking your earned day off. You rightly deserve the day off too. Hoping and Wishing everyone has a Happy Holiday.
  3. by   researchrabbit
    Well, I'm still in research and it's hard to get pts in over the holidays...so I work the 26th and 27th (when my existing folks are scheduled), and otherwise I am off from the 21st and go back Jan 2 (I do have to use some vacation time, but what the heck...that's what it's for).
  4. by   live4today
    It doesn't bother me to work holidays as long as the staff nurses are alternating those days fairly between one another.
  5. by   JeannieM
    I was off Thanksgiving (turkey flopped, darn it!) and I'm off Christmas Eve, but I'm coming in on Christmas Day, New Years Eve and New Years Day. I'll try to do some educational games, spread some candy and goodwill around and help out where I'm needed. :kiss No martyrdom here, though; it's actually kind of fun working holidays where I work. Once people are past the initial grumpiness of being there, the Christmas spirit spreads and hearts seem to warm up. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of you as we share the holidays at work, home or wherever we end up. :kiss :kiss
  6. by   cassioo
    well I have a wonderful schedule. I worked 7a-7p Thanksgiving and the day after. Then I was off Sat and Sunday but traded with someone so I worked 7a-7p Sunday and Monday now off till Saturday again not too bad. Our hospital "gives" Thanksgiving dinner to employees but you can't get mashed and sweet potatoes and green beans and dressing also only 2 of the 4 or you have to pay for the rest really petty to me. Then come Christmas I work 7p-7a on the 24th then I was going to be off until 7p-7a on new years eve but agreed to overtime the Friday between. I have a pretty good boss then I'm off on vacation so the overtime won't hurt going cross country Jan 10th -17th. If you have vacation time coming you just ask this boss and you get it no juggling your own schedule to get someone to cover your weekend. Next year will be my off Holiday weekends
  7. by   HubbywifeRN's
    My hubby and I are both RN's working 12 hour shifts, in different hospitals. Both hospitals use the "you worked Christmas last year, you get it off this year" policy. Because we have small children, and prefer not to use a sitter or daycare, we never both work at the same time. This year he works Christmas and I work New Years. Our kids are very flexible-- they write a letter to Santa and tell him that Mom or Dad is working on Christmas Day, and could he deliver their presents on, for example, the 27th instead. To me, the actual date of the celebration is not that important, we just have our family get-together on a day other than the 25th. And isn't it nice to be able to be with your "work family", bring in potluck lunch, goodies, etc.?
    I agree with all of the previous posters who said that having kids doesn't mean you shouldn't have to pull your fair share of holiday shifts. We all went into nursing with our eyes wide open knowing we would have to work shifts, holidays, etc.

    Thanks for letting me put in my 2 cents worth!

    -Marianne
  8. by   NativeButterfly
    I do not think that everyone that went into nursing went in with their eyes wide open, Marianne. The nurse that I referred to earlier believes that since the "losers"-those of us with no children or husbands-have "no attachments", then we should work every holiday she wants off. She had been granted this at every hospital she has worked at. This is very frustrating to us "losers". :angryfire We are to have a unit meeting tomorrow and I intend to ask our new unit manager about next years holidays and how they will be divided. I wonder how she will get everything off like she had it this year. I feel she should have to work them next year or at least Christmas. Anyway, sorry to vent everyone. I am still very upset at the favortism.
  9. by   researchrabbit
    Originally posted by HubbywifeRN's
    To me, the actual date of the celebration is not that important, we just have our family get-together on a day other than the 25th. And isn't it nice to be able to be with your "work family", bring in potluck lunch, goodies, etc.?

    -Marianne
    Marianne, what a lovely solution -- and no stress or anger for you or your DH if you have to work a holiday!

    When life hands you lemons, make lemonade...

    Children are very adaptable; usually it's the parents who don't want to compromise.
  10. by   flowerchild
    Originally posted by NativeButterfly
    I do not think that everyone that went into nursing went in with their eyes wide open, Marianne. The nurse that I referred to earlier believes that since the "losers"-those of us with no children or husbands-have "no attachments", then we should work every holiday she wants off. She had been granted this at every hospital she has worked at. This is very frustrating to us "losers". :angryfire We are to have a unit meeting tomorrow and I intend to ask our new unit manager about next years holidays and how they will be divided. I wonder how she will get everything off like she had it this year. I feel she should have to work them next year or at least Christmas. Anyway, sorry to vent everyone. I am still very upset at the favortism.
    WHAT??? If you are referring to my post. I never called anyone a loser. I do not "believe" what you said in your post. Please do not read thoughts and ideas into posts on this BB. I was just pointing out how thankful I am and how nice it is of someone to work on holidays so someone with small children can be home on Christmas. The nurses I have worked with in the past who worked for me on the holidays told me they'd rather work, be with their work family and bring cheer to the patients on the holidays than be home all alone. I did make reference to comparing someone home contemplating their naval vs someone home with kids on the holdiays and which I thought was more important. JMO. I never said that it should be enforced or unfair. Again, I believe it should be fair and anyone who deserves the day off should have it if they want it. Calling someone a Loser is not nice. I've never done it, never will and I'm sorry that you feel that people without children are losers. That's terrible.
  11. by   NativeButterfly
    Flowerchild:
    I was not referring to your post. I had posted earlier on this BB and I was referring to the nurse on our unit. That is her feeling. I am sorry I did not make that clearer.:imbar
  12. by   neneRN
    Every single person on our unit has to work either Christmas Eve ot Christmas day. But, we only work half a shift (6 hours- 7a-1p or 1p-7p) and get to request which part of the shift we work. If you work Christmas Eve this year, then you work Christmas day next. There are no exceptions, but you can trade with anyone willing. It works really well-its fair for everyone I think.
    All other holidays are luck of the draw- if it happens to fall on your shift, you work it.
  13. by   GPatty
    I have to work Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Years Day.
    Kind of bites, but sure can use the money.....

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