Its that time again! Working Christmas??? - page 6

Soooo...I worked Thanksgiving and Christmas last year. I have both off this year:p Our ER has tried really hard to be fair in who works what. Usually the newest staff work Christmas. That means... Read More

  1. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    I will be taking a travel contract mid December, so I will be working Christmas after all. Dh and I are going to celebrate before I leave.
  2. by   Mulan
    Quote from Hellllllo Nurse
    I will be taking a travel contract mid December, so I will be working Christmas after all. Dh and I are going to celebrate before I leave.
    Where ya goin'? Anyplace exotic and exciting?
  3. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    Quote from Mulan
    Where ya goin'? Anyplace exotic and exciting?
    Going to the southwest, so at least I'll be warm this winter! I did turn down Hawaii, because the pay was really low.
  4. by   Mulan
    Quote from Hellllllo Nurse
    Going to the southwest, so at least I'll be warm this winter! I did turn down Hawaii, because the pay was really low.
    Sorry the pay was low, you would have loved it there!

    Enjoy wherever you are going!!!!!!!!!
  5. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    Quote from Mulan
    Sorry the pay was low, you would have loved it there!

    Enjoy wherever you are going!!!!!!!!!
    I will! A friend and I are taking a travel assignment together for the first time. I'm really looking forward to it.
  6. by   jo272wv
    This is my first Christmas post graduation and I know I will be scheduled to work. I knew and expected that I will work a lot of the holidays do to being at the bottom of the ladder. I do not mind since I do not have young children and hope that those that do can get it off because of me working. My concern is that the bottom of the ladder for both Thanksgiving and Christmas presents 2 new grads which will be the last to be called off. I am worried that since the most critical pts will remain and under ten pts will only let us have 2 RNs, will this be safe for 2 new grads to handle. I am very confident with both our ability to handle normal problems with good safty skills but we still ask questions of older nurses when abnormal problems occur. We will wait to see how the hospital handles these situations since I know they have gone through this before, hopefully accuity will be taken into consideration but it seldom does.

    For all fellow nurses and medical staff working or off, have a merry and safe Holiday season.
  7. by   Megsd
    I'm off the hook for this year and next because i'm in nursing school, but last year as a CNA I worked every other holiday and every other weekend. I worked Thanksgiving, that weekend, Christmas Eve and New Year's Day. I was disappointed that I could not travel to see my parents (on the other side of the country) because I had to work so much, but working the actual holidays wasn't that bad, and the pay's always nice.

    My SO is a firefighter, so if he works holidays, he works all 24 hours of them, so I *really* don't mind working holidays if he works because I hate sitting in the house alone on holidays, and we just displace our holidays by a day anyway. When we have kids we may need to work something else out, but for now, it works for the two of us.
  8. by   WOLFE
    We rotate holidays...and yes I am working Christmas this year..and I have a child. When I went into nursing I knew that holidays were going to be required. The funny thing is, my child understands better then my family and the inlaws...he knows that there are sick people that need to be taken care of...and they don't get to go home for the holidays.
  9. by   WOLFE
    oh just a little thought...two years ago when I worked Christmas..we went to the inlaws on Christams Eve, and my sister came over and p[laced all the presents under the tree...when we got home..my son declared that Santa knew I had to work and so came early so we could celebrate...
  10. by   Shaddimere
    I am working Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, but had them both off last year....it is unfortunately a fact of nursing life. Fortunately my co workers are wonderful, we are all like extended family, and since I work in NICU, there will be babies and families and presents, and FOOD! I have been a nurse for 29 years and have definitely worked my share of holidays. It is offensive to me that people with little kids think they have the "right" to have Christmas off...are our families less important because our children are grown? I have a four year old grandson now, but when Nana works Christmas, we celebrate with him on a different day. One of my dearest friends has 3 children and point blank refuses to work on Christmas day because her kids are young. She has even told her director she will resign if she has to work on Christmas....so, she always has it off. This year I think the only day she has to work that is considered holiday time in our organization is New Year's Eve. Is that fair? I think if you choose this profession you accept what comes with it. The only exception I would make while we are at war, is that I truly believe anyone who is fortunate to have a loved one home from the front lines for the holidays should have everything off! I would work extra for any co worker who was fortunate enough to have a husband, wife, son, daughter, or brother or sister home from Iraq for the holidays. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
  11. by   Lovely RN
    I have a 12 year old and a newborn. I have never worked Christmas. I always work New Years. In the past if I was scheduled Christmas I would switch with someone to work New Years. I could always find someone who wants to go out for New Years and doesn't mind switching. However, I switched to in-house registry a few years ago. The requirement is 3 holidays a year. I choose Memorial Day , Labor Day, and either Thanksgiving or New Years never Christmas. My family celebrates Christmas at my house every year. I would hate not to share Christmas with my family. Happy Turkey Day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:smilecoffeecup:
  12. by   nurse_clown
    [font="comic sans ms"][color="dimgray"]i work two part time jobs. both of which told me that i have to be available christmas eve, christmas day, boxing day, new years eve and new years day. i have two kids 9 and 3, a husband and a dog and cat. i've been working christmas eve, christmas day, boxing day, new years eve and new years day for the last three years. for the rest of the year, i work ever weekend and sometimes, i work ten nights in a row. i'm still at the bottom of the "totem pole" those days, the full-timers get first choice. that's just the way it is. i'm very thankful that i have two jobs to go to and that my family is so understanding because i'm not around very much. :smilecoffeecup:

    i'm surprised this girl threw a fit. that's just the way it is when you work in a hospital. that's weird behaviour. you might want to suggest to her that there are nursing jobs that don't require you to work weekends, holidays, and they are 9-5. like community health, public health, doctors offices.... maybe she doesn't know that either.
  13. by   twotrees2
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    Soooo...I worked Thanksgiving and Christmas last year. I have both off this year Our ER has tried really hard to be fair in who works what. Usually the newest staff work Christmas. That means that whoever was last hired is automatically on for Christmas. (which is why I worked it last year)

    I had never worked Christmas before and it nearly broke my heart...But, after posting something here, I waaaaay got over it I recieved many replies that basically said "Christmas is any day you make it" I actually enjoyed working Christmas last year. Lot's of actually sick pt's! My family had Christmas the day AFTER and it was really fun.

    This year in our unit was difficult. Here is the scoop. Two nurses were hired at exactly the same time. The Christmas shift was filled by nurses who volunteered to work except for one slot. So, our poor director had to choose one nurse to work. The first new nurse has "little kids" ages 2 and 3. The second new nurse has a husband who has been in Iraq for the past two Christmases and a new grandchild to see. The first nurse (with "little kids") was scheduled for Christmas. ohmyholycow...She pitched a FIT. Crying and throwing things in the break room about how "she has little kids" It was a scene. She went down the schedule and realized that many of us have both holidays off and really went crazy.

    Anyhow...What do you think was "fair" She managed to throw enough of a hissy fit that our director posted the position as "open" and another nurse actually wanted to trade for Thanksgiving... I just thought the nurse throwing a hissy was ridiculous.

    Thoughts?
    its better than last yr when everyone at my place threw a complete hissy fit cause i do not work the holidays working per diem it is not required as part of my deal for hire. ( although i do and did last yr also pick up both holidays for new yrs eve and day as there are a lot of young nurses that want to go out and i just dont do that anymore lol) - however when one takes a full time position it is a part of the ticket and she just best get used to it.

    the places i have worked did a one each position that worked well - you worked xmas eve and new yr eve or xmas day and new yr day and the next yr flipped you did the opposite - usullay how it is in most places ive been in. that was aslo a good deal. also - when short handed they tend to offer incentive at some places - few yrs back i gottriple time ( was supposed to be on hush hush but i have big mouth lol) at my last job to do xmas eve and day - hey - money talks - lol.

    on to your lady - if they posted it as open after all, why did they just not do that originally? seems to me they need to change their policy - i understand senority and the new gal gets it if noone else wants it but fair would have been to see if anyone else wanted it first - as this person wanted it - it wouldnt have been fair to her to NOT get it cause the newbie got it. some people WANT that extra pay cause then you get that AND your holiday day pay. ( for full timers - i dont get that benefit per diem so i hold out for they pay extra or i dont work lol - except new yrs - ) and as for having to choose between the 2 id have brought em both in explianed what was up and had them draw straws lol. sounds simple and childish but that would have saved any hrt feeling and theyd at least have had a 50 50 chance to not get it vs someone deciding for who knows what reason ( maybe she liked the other gal better thoughts yada yada)

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