working on Christmas? - page 4

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   Marie_LPN, RN
    An answer to that would be "Because sick people and car accident victims don't take every Christmas off, and neither can i."
  2. by   ARLadyRN
    My husband was in the hospital over one Christmas and I appreciated all of the nurses and the staff. They all smiled and were very happy. I always had the little kids open their presents from Santa on another day. If they are little enough, they don't even know the difference. Otherwise, tell them that they are special and Santa made a special trip just to deliver their gifts. It works!! Its just the adults who are disappointed. Just make do and enjoy each other, Christmas is about LOVE.
  3. by   sjrn85
    Quote from scrmblr
    I totally get it. I'm totally fine (fine-ish ) working Christmas day. I am just getting sh*t from my mother. I am low man on the totem pole, seniority does play a role in my work place.

    I am curious, however...A question to those of you with either no children at home or family close by...Do you volunteer to work Christmas?
    It's not an issue for me now, since I work in an amb. surg. ctr., so we're closed. But I stopped doing it when I was working in hospital, because it got so aggravating having people trying to strongarm me, as if their lives were somehow more important because they had children. Hey, maybe I wanted to be off when my friends were off, huh? (I don't even celebrate Christmas, so I got the double-whammy of "You don't have kids...you don't celebrate it!)

    I'm not even sympathetic anymore. Someone else's reproductive choice is not my responsibility. No one is "owed" or "more deserving" of a holiday off just because he/she has kids.
  4. by   mugwump
    I have to give my two cents what i have to say sounds sort of rude but it is not meant to be that way. This is what i tell myself when I ask myself the same question. "Because I am a nurse and I choose to work in a 24 hour 7 day a week facility" If I really wanted/needed holidays off I would do another job, school nursing or a doctors office or insurance. But I am choosing to work in a place where someone (actually many people) need to be there all the time.
  5. by   K205
    What I tell myself is."Christmas is all day-24 hours, and my shift is 8 hours." That helps. The double-time pay, and sharing the holiday with people who really need and appreciate me also helps. At most places, they alternate holidays annually. I don't know what to advise you about Mom. Sometimes those we love are impossible. :uhoh21: Have a wonderful holiday season!





  6. by   GLORIAmunchkin72
    Where I used to work there was only day shift and night shift and full time work. With nursing there are many choices: day shift, evening shift, night shift, part time, part time-full time (32 hrs), weekends only, 12 hour-shift, 4p to 9p float, PRN, and so on and so on. People are free to choose and there is still a lot of bickering...I don't get it.
  7. by   Chicklet2
    My aunt works every other christmas and so does my uncle, but it usually falls on the same christmas so they choose a day that they are both off and have christmas just like it would be but earlier and then on the real x-mas one of the aunts or uncles volunteer to pick the kids up and take them to grandma's for x-mas and the kids think it's just the best thing ever b/c they get two x-mas's... good luck
  8. by   PennyLane
    Quote from mugwump
    I have to give my two cents what i have to say sounds sort of rude but it is not meant to be that way. This is what i tell myself when I ask myself the same question. "Because I am a nurse and I choose to work in a 24 hour 7 day a week facility" If I really wanted/needed holidays off I would do another job, school nursing or a doctors office or insurance. But I am choosing to work in a place where someone (actually many people) need to be there all the time.
    Good point. There are plenty of nursing jobs that don't require weekends/holidays/etc. Some choose these jobs, others don't. It goes with the territory. My sister was in ICU over Christmas one year. It was awful for us, but I could have kissed those nurses who took care of her.

    And to answer an earlier question, no, I don't volunteer to work extra holidays simply because I don't have kids. I work my assigned holidays and have off the others. I will be working on Christmas day, and yes, I will be missing my family, but they will still be there when my shift ends. Even though I don't have children, I still have family and friends that are just as important to me!
  9. by   gr8rnpjt
    [QUOTE=SmilingBluEyes]I presume your parents are adults. So, they ought to understand this dilemma you have, as adults.
    Now, If their problem is your asking them to keep your kids for you, you may want to ask someone else, I don't know. They should feel LUCKY to have their grandkids around this time of year. Again, many other grandparents are not that lucky.

    :yeahthat:

    Your Mom should be thrilled to have the grandchildren on Christmas day!. I can't imagine a grandparent not feeling honored, to one last time, get to experience the magic of Christmas morning!
  10. by   eltrip
    Bless your heart & good luck with your mother. Family can be a royal pain at times. When I worked the "floor," we all took our turn with holidays, kids or not. Some nurses with children split shifts so that each could spend part of the holiday with their children. Otherwise, we celebrated on other days or went without sleep between shifts.

    My current position doesn't require this of me, for which I'm grateful. M-F, 8-4, what can I say?
  11. by   angel337
    for people who work non-traditional jobs where the holidays are required, it is only natural that emotions are more sensitive this time of year. now that I am a new mother I do feel differently than I did before and next year I will seriously consider getting a job that does not require holidays because I grew up with my parents at home on holidays and I want my daughter (and future children) to experience the same thing. It is not fair for my coworkers to feel sorry for me because I have a child, that is my issue to deal with. I think you have a very positive outlook on the situation, but your parents need to understand that holidays is part of the package when you are a hospital nurse. good luck and God bless you and your family this holiday season.
  12. by   Nurse_Diane
    Quote from sjrn85
    I'm not even sympathetic anymore. Someone else's reproductive choice is not my responsibility. No one is "owed" or "more deserving" of a holiday off just because he/she has kids.
    I agree. I had a friend say to me, in so many words, that those who have children should not have to work Christmas, and that those of us who don't have kids should have to work. That is an ignorant statement, IMHO.:angryfire
  13. by   RN and Mommy
    Last Christmas I was scheduled to work for the first time. I was very upset about it feeling that I was going to miss out on a lot of quality family time. I have a small daughter, last year she was 2 1/2. My family was very gracious about my situation and agreed to celebrate "Christmas" on a different day. We had a great time and I didn't even think twice about it when it was December 25th. I realize that I have a small family and it was easier to accomodate my request, my daughter was young and didn't know the difference, and we are not very religious, so that aspect didn't come up, but we had a great time on our "Christmas". Now, I don't have to work Christmas again until 2007. At our facility, we all work 1 major holiday and 1 minor. Major included Christmas, Thanksgiving, and New Years. We then rotate those holidays. Mine is New Years this year. I get off easy! Good Luck with everything!

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