Holidays off? - page 6

Some have kids, some don't. Some value Thanksgiving and Christmas over the New Years holidays. How often do you find yourselves working important holidays? I have a 2 YO and am looking forward to... Read More

  1. by   joanna73
    It"s the tone of the post that has irritated some of us. "Some have kids, some don't...." The OP's opening line.

    Which makes us single people feel like the OP is assuming that weekends and holidays are more important when you have kids. This is not true, and I've worked with people like this who expect their coworkers to accommodate them. Off time is valued by everyone.
  2. by   noahsmama
    Quote from Kooky Korky
    If you don't want to work holidays, work in a doctor's office, a clinic, or be a school nurse, or teach at a school of Nursing, or do Utilization Review. Work for an insurance company as a Case Manager or find some other area of Nursing in which you don't have to care directly for patients at the bedside or in their home.
    I went into public health nursing in part so that I could get my weekends and holidays back. It's nice to be off on the same days that my son is home from school. I highly recommend it!
  3. by   RNSuzq1
    Quote from merlee
    As a Jewish person, I offered to work most Christmas eves and Christmases. I usually had off New Year's Eve and Day. Keep in mind that most of my family had off on Christmas, and they were at home waiting for me to get off so we could be together.

    I probably worked or was on call nearly 30 years. And yet I had to beg to get off my own Holy Days, and can only recall ONE time when someone volunteered to work for me. AND I had to frequently use personal or vacation days to take those days off. My Holy Days are spent at the Temple for many hours in prayer, as well as the family gathering.

    When I lived in Israel for a while, the issue was the Jewish holidays!!!


    I worked at an acute dialysis unit for a few years and the day after Thanksgiving was also a holiday for pay purposes. Some of us who worked 10hr days volunteered to work those days because of the pay - Time and a half for the shift plus reg time if you chose to not have another day off. And our boss allowed us to leave when the work was done, sometimes as early as 2 o'clock. So we worked 7 hours and got paid for 25 - - for each of those days. That week we actually worked about 34 hours but got paid for 70 hours! Extra cash to pay for Christmas or whatever!

    Patients are always happy to see familiar faces on weekend and holidays instead of all of the per diem or part-timers.

    Best wishes!!

    By the way - - my parents vacationed without my brother and me - - during Thanksgiving week since I was in about 9th grade! And we survived!
    Merlee, I think that's Wonderful that you volunteered to work for others over Christmas. My Dad worked nights at the Post Office for over 30yrs - Christmas being the busiest time of yr. I still remember his Jewish co-workers always more than willing to work for him on Christmas Night so he could be home with our Family. That was many yrs ago & I still remember how much that simple gesture from those nice men, meant to us kids. He did the same for them over the Jewish Holidays - it's great when people can work together to have family time & still get the job done.
  4. by   OCNRN63
    Quote from RNSuzq1
    Merlee, I think that's Wonderful that you volunteered to work for others over Christmas. My Dad worked nights at the Post Office for over 30yrs - Christmas being the busiest time of yr. I still remember his Jewish co-workers always more than willing to work for him on Christmas Night so he could be home with our Family. That was many yrs ago & I still remember how much that simple gesture from those nice men, meant to us kids. He did the same for them over the Jewish Holidays - it's great when people can work together to have family time & still get the job done.
    When others are willing to reciprocate, it's great. In my exp., that didn't happen, which is why now I take my holidays just like anyone else. I no longer feel like it's my responsibility to help people get off when they won't help me. ("I would, but my kid has soccer/ballet/piano lessons/Scouts/art class/Bible study/etc.")
  5. by   Kooky Korky
    Quote from krisjazzer13
    Coming from a healthcare family (mom, dad and I are all nurses), we celebrate many holidays when we all have the chance...for example, we are celebrating Thanksgiving today since dad was on call on Thurs and I had to work 2-10 pm yesterday. As long as we are all together, who cares what day it is? Giving thanks two days later doesn't bother me one bit!
    Some people do care. Some are bound by school vacation schedules and the like, so they have to care.
  6. by   Kooky Korky
    Quote from Creamsoda
    I have worked with nurses who think that just because they have kids, that why cant us with out kids work the holidays, weekends and later shifts. Ummm, im sorry, I didnt decided for you to get knocked up and have a kid. You figure it out (im not directing this at you, just as some nurses who feel entitled). I enjoy holidays, christmas, thanksgiving, 4th July ect just as much as anyone else and often make plans when I end up with some of these holidays off to spend time with friends/family, going campings, making turkey dinner or whatever the occasion may be. So that being said, I will work my share of the holidays and I expect everyone else to. It usually gets traded off every year and we take turns. You dont have to work EVERY holiday, just some. It aint that bad.
    Knocked up? Wow.
  7. by   canoehead
    The issues about people with kids needing the holidays off is a personal pet peeve of mine. To paraphrase Margaret Houlihan, "You may have the most to lose, but that's only because you have the most."

    I'd love to be kvetching about getting more time with my kids or husband, but it didn't turn out that way. (And wouldn't my coworkers love to listen to all that complaining...not.) I do switch when able, but everyone deserves to get special occasions off, without the whining.
    Last edit by canoehead on Nov 27, '11
  8. by   ProfRN4
    Quote from merlee
    As a Jewish person, I offered to work most Christmas eves and Christmases. I usually had off New Year's Eve and Day. Keep in mind that most of my family had off on Christmas, and they were at home waiting for me to get off so we could be together.

    I probably worked or was on call nearly 30 years. And yet I had to beg to get off my own Holy Days, and can only recall ONE time when someone volunteered to work for me. AND I had to frequently use personal or vacation days to take those days off. My Holy Days are spent at the Temple for many hours in prayer, as well as the family gathering.

    When I lived in Israel for a while, the issue was the Jewish holidays!!!
    Your post reminds me of a year that Christmas fell on a saturday. Where I was working, we had a Jewish nurse who was very religious (she never worked Saturdays, but worked every Sunday to make up for it). It threw everyone for a loop because they were all counting on her to work for at least one of them. She graciuously offered to come in that night (she was a day nurse) and one nurse was patiently waiting for the sun to set, to relieve her
  9. by   ashleyisawesome
    i love people that care about holidays. im a single 22 y/o with no kids and not much family. ill take all those double time days and let you guys stay at home with your kiddies while i rake in the dough!

    im only required at my job to work one major holiday (thanksgiving, easter, christmas, new years) and two minors (MLK, Presidents, Memorial, Labor day, 4th of July).. i try to work most of them if i can, while i can.
  10. by   Meriwhen
    Quote from ashleyisawesome
    i love people that care about holidays. im a single 22 y/o with no kids and not much family. ill take all those double time days and let you guys stay at home with your kiddies while i rake in the dough!

    im only required at my job to work one major holiday (thanksgiving, easter, christmas, new years) and two minors (MLK, Presidents, Memorial, Labor day, 4th of July).. i try to work most of them if i can, while i can.
    But not every facility has someone like you ready to do that. Nor should you ever be expected to do it just because you don't have kids or family--they should never take that for granted. You're entitled to a holiday as much as anyone else is, if you choose it.
  11. by   ~Mi Vida Loca~RN
    We only get time and a half for holidays. Hmmmmm for double time I might just volunteer for all Holidays and take the kids to do something fun with the extra money.

    I don't mind working Holidays, When Football season comes around again and I get football and cheer schedules come out I will be more then happy to try and switch shifts to be able to attend the kids games and if that means working every weekend for 2 months I will be fine doing it. It means more to me to be able to cheer them on at their games and stuff. They were always bummed when I couldn't make a game (although they understood if I couldn't make them all I try to make most) and they would rather I be able to be at a game to cheer them on in the stands then be there for a holiday since the holiday would only need to be tweaked a little and we could still celebrate it. We can't make their game be a different day or time.
  12. by   Horseshoe
    Quote from mom2boysrn

    i do know nurses that were able to trade to get the holidays they wanted off,but unless you work in a drs office expect to be working holidays, and don't expect your coworkers to take your holidays, most of mine also have children.
    i work prn in 2 different facilities. neither is open at night, on weekends, or holidays. it's not true that you must work at a doctor's office or school to have a schedule which doesn't include holidays.

    i did work in a hospital for many years. i would pretty much work every holiday in order to guarantee having christmas off. i liked working on new years' day. i was never tempted to misbehave on new year's eve.
  13. by   Caffeine_IV
    I didn't read anywhere in the OP that said she felt entitled to holidays off because she has a child. She just asked how it was and that she'd hate to miss out on most of the holidays.

    Everyone with kids or without is not the same. Some people don't give a crap about the holidays kids or not and some people didn't really care UNTIL they were parents. Such hostility against people with children.

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