working on Christmas? - page 15

I've been a nurse for almost 8 years. I have always volunteered to work EVERY holiday (newyears, 4th of July, Thanksgiving etc...) just to have Christmas off to be with my family. I am 6 months... Read More

  1. by   jenrninmi
    [quote=fergus51]Wow, talk about an angry response. quote] No, not angry at all. Just stating what I see. No angry tone at all.
  2. by   luvmy2angels
    I work flex as a CNA while in nursing school. I am required to work 1 winter holiday and 1 summer holiday. I worked Thanksgiving so I can be home with my children Christmas morning. Before I had children i ALWAYS worked Christmas, 13 years in a row as a matter of fact. I LOVED working Christmas, but now that I have little ones at home it is nice to be able to spend Christmas morning with them!!:Holly3:
  3. by   prmenrs
    Considering closing this thread for a 24 hr cooling off period.

    Please do not attack ea and every other poster on the thread. (If you haven't done that, thanks. We appreciate it.)
  4. by   Kelly_the_Great
    I'm working Christmas day and the Monday after (office is closed).

    I'm totally dreading it b/c I do triage phone nursing for a HH agency and I don't think the doctor's offices and hospitals (let alone patients) are going to realize the office is closed. And when I'm here I have to handle everything as if the office were open (excepting payroll problems).

    Also, my mom & sis were killed this day (26th) 5 years ago. And my dad passed away this last Feb. I guess I'm being a freak, I'm sure th' day will be fine for me - like all things this too shall pass. It's just before, you know I could focus all my energies into making a good Christmas for the family.

    When I hired on the lady that alternates with me said she'd work Christmases and I've always worked Thanksgivings. But, you know, she deserves Christmas off too (sometimes we make promises when we're desparate for help...lol) and she's been so considerate of my school schedule.

    Oh well, sure this is more info. than all of you were looking/asking for but, yes, I'm working Christmas.
  5. by   menolly_33
    Usually a nurse gets to work one day or the other.....not both. Has your nurse manager explained why you have to work both days?

    One reason to schedule people to work both days, is so someone is off both days. As someone who lives far away from all my family, if I can't get both days off, I do not get to spend christmas with my family at all. Many places schedule this way to allow holiday travel. Just FYI.
  6. by   mebeafrn
    I just started an every Sat,Sun,Mon position. I've been in nursing for 23 yrs. and my oldest is 26. She still talks about opening presents on Christmas Eve,then again Christmas Day and again later in the week depending on what my schedule was. We often chose my first day off after the holiday-saved back some presents,made special food,stayed in our p.j.s all day,played games or had a puzzle going or watched movies-the kids all still laugh about the Conan the Barbarian marathon-"nothing says Merry Christmas like barbarianism and swordplay"
  7. by   kadokin
    Quote from Kelly_the_Great
    I'm working Christmas day and the Monday after (office is closed).

    I'm totally dreading it b/c I do triage phone nursing for a HH agency and I don't think the doctor's offices and hospitals (let alone patients) are going to realize the office is closed. And when I'm here I have to handle everything as if the office were open (excepting payroll problems).

    Also, my mom & sis were killed this day (26th) 5 years ago. And my dad passed away this last Feb. I guess I'm being a freak, I'm sure th' day will be fine for me - like all things this too shall pass. It's just before, you know I could focus all my energies into making a good Christmas for the family.

    When I hired on the lady that alternates with me said she'd work Christmases and I've always worked Thanksgivings. But, you know, she deserves Christmas off too (sometimes we make promises when we're desparate for help...lol) and she's been so considerate of my school schedule.

    Oh well, sure this is more info. than all of you were looking/asking for but, yes, I'm working Christmas.
    My sympathies. I'm sure you have a unique perspective on the whole holiday season, etc. God be with you.
  8. by   kadokin
    Quote from mebeafrn
    I just started an every Sat,Sun,Mon position. I've been in nursing for 23 yrs. and my oldest is 26. She still talks about opening presents on Christmas Eve,then again Christmas Day and again later in the week depending on what my schedule was. We often chose my first day off after the holiday-saved back some presents,made special food,stayed in our p.j.s all day,played games or had a puzzle going or watched movies-the kids all still laugh about the Conan the Barbarian marathon-"nothing says Merry Christmas like barbarianism and swordplay"
    See there, folks, this is the way to make the best of a less-than-ideal situation and still make good memories. We are NURSES, for heaven sake, we've been to hell and back a thousand times. What's a little calendar adjustment mean to us. And, don't forget, we are not the only people(professional and otherwise) who have to deal w/this (see previous posts). Let's just all say a prayer of gratefulness if our family is whole and well this Xmas season and celebrate when our schedules allow. Happy Holidays to one and all.
  9. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    [quote=jenrninmiNo, not angry at all. Just stating what I see. No angry tone at all. [/quote]

    Yet, assumming...
  10. by   nursemary9
    I've been meaning to get to this thread since it started.

    Well, We have to work every other Holiday; one year then the next it is still every other but the opposite holidays.

    I don;t mind that so much, I've gotten used to it over the last 40 yrs.

    However what I don't like is that for the nite shift--which I am-- our holiday is the nite before the holiday---so Thanksgiving is Wed. nite. & so forth.
    I can't get used to this no matter how I try!!

    This year Christmas is my Holiday to work, so I will be off New Years.

    Oh well, That's Hospital life-- I guess I can always leave!! But I never do. have ben with this organization 35 yrs!! Every year I say I am leaving!!

    Mary Ann
  11. by   Nella
    Wow. To whoever posted about nurses without children being bitter: not in my case. You falsely make the assumption that childless nurses are not married. Or could not find a man. You're wrong on both accounts.

    Really there's no bitterness. But I've probably worked at least 10-15 Christmases for others. And worked several more when it was my turn to work that holiday. And did it without complaint.

    Sooo, when the years rolled around when I was scheduled to have Christmas off and decided not to give it away, I'd prefer others to respect that. Without trying to guilt me out and tell me they are more entited then I am.
    That's all.

    To the nurse working the day after Christmas when the rest of the office is closed.....I can sympathize with you. Been there and done that. You are right. You'll get alot of calls from folks not realizing the office is closed. So good luck to you!
  12. by   tlhubbard
    [QUOTE=jenrninmi]
    Quote from PennyLane
    Good point. There are plenty of nursing jobs that don't require weekends/holidays/etc.quote] No there aren't. If there were, I'd be working there.
    I don't know about the PLENTY part. But I have had jobs with ambulatory surgery (strictly electives) and they don't work weekends or holidays, or even overnights. However, they pay slightly less also (not enough less to keep me from working there to be with my kids when I wanted). I am currently in a M-Fr 9-5 position. I left surgery (reluctantly) after a major insurance co had a falling out with our hospital, our census went belly up and I was PRN (went from 40 hours/week to 0-10) Couldn't survive on that. I was reluctant to look else where (hoping things would improve). No luck. I found a job that is perfect. The problem at the surgery center was a blessing in disguise. I get paid more than the hospitals were offering, no holidays/weekends/nights. Plus I get a better retirement and no salary cap. Can't beat that with a stick.

    I searched for my jobs like that, because I do want to be with my children on the holidays, and I don't want to make anyone else take the brunt of my scheduling needs. This works perfectly. Just gotta keep you eye out.
  13. by   elthia
    Quote from jenrninmi
    If you had kids you'd know that they are up at or before 7:00 am Christmas morning, so if you are scheduled to work until 7:30 am, don't leave until at least 8:00, then half hour to get home (if there's no snow), then you miss the kids opening their presents. Simple as that. I hear a lot of bitterness from nurses that have a problem finding a man to be with, thus no children thus some jealous people that say things like (reproductive choice) about us that were lucky enough to have a wonderful spouse and lucky enough to have children.
    I'm sorry but some people don't have children BY CHOICE, or are unfortunately unable to have children though they do love kids, wanting a holiday off to spend time with your family is natural whether you have kids or not. Why does the motive have to be bitterness when the person wanting the holiday off is single and doesn't have kids? I put up with that attitude for years, I never got married till I was 29, so until recently I was the unmarried childless nurse. And for the majority of those years I was single BY CHOICE. Being single does not mean that one is emotionally unstable. As a matter of fact, I'm glad I was single for years before I realized I was in love with my bestfriend and married him.

    I will say that when before I was married, I worked EVERY holiday, and I changed my schedule to accomodate those that had a football game, recital,etc to go to. I stayed at the same workplace after I was married.
    WHen I needed a day off because my husband and I were GOING TO COURT TO SUE HIS EX FOR VISITATION WITH HIS KIDS not one person who "owed me" was willing to switch shifts that day. Yeah, in their opinion kids are real important, but only their kids.
    I found out quick that those who think that having children entitles you to special priviledges at work aren't willing to extend those priviledges to a formerly childless coworker when that childless coworker suddenly becomes a parent. IMHO it's pure selfishness and they are just using the excuse of having children to cover up for that selfishness.

    BTW, when I was a kid, my siblings and I were not allowed to open up the gifts until my Mom woke up, ON HER OWN. We were not allowed to wake her up. You know what, having to wait and sit and look at all those gifts, just added to the excitement of the day. Anticipation makes things more sweet, and it didn't hurt us at all.
    Last edit by elthia on Nov 30, '05

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