This just infuriates me! - page 2

it's that time of the year fellow nurses...heading into early october... which means (cue the horror music): holiday schedule time!!! :angryfire that's right, my floor has already put up a list... Read More

  1. by   smanion525
    Working holidays is part of being a nurse. I think we all knew that when we decided on our career. Yeah it may get frustrating sometimes, but I just remember that I may be the closest thing to a family that a patient may see on that holiday. I have 2 small children and don't mind working holidays at all. We just schedule our time around my work. I do have to agree with "nicunana" that I don't know of any elective ankle surgery. I think maybe there is more to it than just that? You mentioned that she is lazy and has been reported many times, maybe that is the real issue?
  2. by   Jo Dirt
    And I've got "little ones."
  3. by   Quickbeam
    I worked at one facility where everyone planned their pregnancies around getting Christmas off. We'd be 30% down before we'd even get the schedule up. My family is 1200 miles away and I wanted to know how I could get a week off at Christmas, even once every ten years. I was told "no possible way ever except for maternity leave". Now as a community health nurse, I take every Christmas week off as reward for all the Christmases I worked.
  4. by   sharona97
    Hi all,

    Coming from the other side, I just want to thank all of the nurses that do work holidays. My baby was born on Good Friday and I was hospitalized through Easter. My nurses were great, and I realized they have families too. You are appreciated.
  5. by   StressedOutNurse85
    Quote from smanion525
    Working holidays is part of being a nurse. I think we all knew that when we decided on our career. Yeah it may get frustrating sometimes, but I just remember that I may be the closest thing to a family that a patient may see on that holiday. I have 2 small children and don't mind working holidays at all. We just schedule our time around my work. I do have to agree with "nicunana" that I don't know of any elective ankle surgery. I think maybe there is more to it than just that? You mentioned that she is lazy and has been reported many times, maybe that is the real issue?
    So I googled the phrase 'elective ankle surgery' and came up with several results. After you had mentioned it, I thought well technically it might be 'non-elective.' I'm not sure though, like I said, on what her situation is. All I know is that she didn't schedule this months in advance, and she's been working full time with no problems and bearing weight. When I had mentioned about her being lazy I was referring to her attitude towards taking admissions, not wanting to help others out, things like that.
    I wasn't actually complaining about working during the holidays. The only thing I complained about was the fact that a co-worker was trying to cheat out of our holiday system. I mentioned that I am realistic when it comes to working holidays, and I knew when I started working in a hospital. I celebrate the holidays around when I work as well.
  6. by   luvmy3kids
    I would guess if she was in some serious "pain" it would need to be done right away (rather than after Thanksgiving??)

    JMO
  7. by   NursingAgainstdaOdds
    I understand your frustration, and I can see where you are coming from. However, as an outsider looking in it really seems like you are making a lot of assumptions about your co-worker (whom it seems you already don't get along with very well) and her situation. You mention she's been working with "no problem" - really, unless you're her you can't know that. I'm sure there are a lot of other factors contributing to this situation aside from just holidays, as there are other factors contributing to how you view her in this situation.
  8. by   StressedOutNurse85
    Quote from luvmy3kids
    I would guess if she was in some serious "pain" it would need to be done right away (rather than after Thanksgiving??)

    JMO
    Exactly,thank you!
  9. by   UM Review RN
    I know you're not happy and I truly have BTDT. But this year our situation's changed, so I'll be working all the holidays gladly. The census is usually down and I'll get overtime.
  10. by   StressedOutNurse85
    Quote from Angie O'Plasty, RN
    I know you're not happy and I truly have BTDT. But this year our situation's changed, so I'll be working all the holidays gladly. The census is usually down and I'll get overtime.
    I wish our facility offered time and a half around the holidays. I truly believe we wouldn't have staffing issues around the holidays if they did. They give us actual time, I think 24 hours total, but you get it regardless of whether or not you work them. We were almost full last year on christmas no joke, lol
    Last edit by StressedOutNurse85 on Sep 25, '07
  11. by   firstyearstudent
    Ankle surgery doesn't seem to me to be in the same league as a boob job!

    Anyway, I'd be happy to work the holidays for you or anyone else. Being scheduled to work is a great way to get out of having to spend time with my in laws!!!
  12. by   TweetiePieRN
    Quote from StressedOutNurse85
    She said that it was for some sort of bone chip (I don't know all of the details). I understand that it's a surgery that probably has to be done, but the fact that she's been working the last 5 months with no problem and is now all of a sudden having it done the week after Thanksgiving? C'mon now, I'd say that's more than a coincidence. This also wasn't something that was scheduled a long time in advance either, because she had mentioned recently talking to our manager about it. Technically it probably would be 'non-elective', but it's just the principle of her working full time with no problems that gets me.
    How do you know for sure that she has has "no problems"?

    I had severe pelvic/pubic bone pain during the last trimester of my pregnancy. I was able to act functional at work, even though I was writhing in pain on the inside. I didn't want people to feel sorry for me or think I was incapable of working. I didn't complain about it either. I had a hard time walking, but you could not tell by looking at me.

    There is no way for certain that you know for a fact that she is working "with no problems". Some people are great at hiding it...I'm one of them.
  13. by   oldiebutgoodie
    Stressedout,

    I think you need to get over this. Yes, these things happen, but someday it may be you. If things like this make you so angry on your floor, maybe you should think about moving into a Mon-Friday job in nursing (outpatient, for one).

    But I also think hospitals should be more creative about holiday scheduling. Some people actually like working holidays, because it gives them the excuse to not cook for the drunken inlaws. Float pool nurses or agency nurses may like to work the holiday, because of the extra money. And if the hospital offers enough incentive, maybe staff nurses would step up.

    But if I were you, I would just mind my own business, do my job, and quit worrying about other people's elective surgeries.


    Oldiebutgoodie

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