Nurses that don't work holidays?
- 0Oct 28, '13 by kegardneI'm a sophomore at a university and will be starting the BSN program next semester. I am very interested in nursing, but I feel like I should be more excited than I am. One of the things that's really holding me back is that I just know I am going to hate working holidays (I'm religious, my family is very close, and I plan on having children). I know that there are some jobs out there that don't require holidays, but I am aware that nursing is a 24/7 profession, and I don't want to be naive. Should I find a different career to pursue? Or should I stick with it and hope to find my niche?
- 4Oct 28, '13 by turnforthenurseRNClinics, employee health (immunizations), urgent care centers and some research positions typically work Monday-Friday, day time hours. You may not be able to get something like that right off the bat, so you better be prepared to work holidays. It is part of the job after all.
- 6Oct 28, '13 by nlynrobNights, weekends and holidays usually come with being a new grad. You could get a job in an out patient setting if you really want to avoid it all together (or most of the time at least). My friend that graduated in 2010 that has been working in an ICU since then recently got a job in Interventional Radiology: she went from evenings and nights, every other weekend and holiday to Monday through Friday days and she has to take call every tenth weekend (awesome). Most OR nurses at community hospitals at least have a similar schedule. There's so many options out there, but to get the good schedule many people say you aren't doing "real nursing" anymore.
Also if you have any desire to go for an NP or nursing education graduate degree you'd have better luck finding a Monday through Friday position. Well depending on what type of NP work you'd like to do.
That being said, if something as trivial as working weekends and holidays while paying your do's until you reach seniority status is making you rethink nursing all together maybe this isn't for you. Something to think about.
- 2Oct 28, '13 by edimoQuote from chrisrn24This is true. At my workplace, we are expected to work half of the scheduled statutory holidays though out the year. And when it comes to Christmas, there's usually a rotation between working Christmas one year, New Years another and then rotating to have both off. You find ways to make it work ie not necessarily celebrating on the actual holiday itself, but just finding a day with your family where you can be togetherMost holidays rotate. So you may work Christmas but you have Thanksgiving off.
- 11Oct 28, '13 by Dranger, BSN, RNClinic and outpatient pay are going to be worse than acute by far and as a new grad a clinic isn't a good place to start.
You will work a holiday and if that is a game changer for your profession choice, life is going to slap you hard. Celebrate Thanksgiving a day before or Christmas a day after....it's not hard.
You have to start on the bottom....
- 9Oct 28, '13 by Rose_Queen, MSN, RN GuideTo me, the holidays are more about the family and religious portions and less about the actual date. Sometimes, it doesn't matter what day you celebrate. Even before I was a nurse, my family frequently celebrated Thanksgiving the weekend before or after and the same with Christmas so that everyone could be together and also spend time with their spouses' families.
However, if working holidays is an absolute no-go, you may have to give something to get something. Frequently, outpatient settings (often no holidays) pay less than acute care settings (never close on holidays). The specialty also can affect holidays. I work inpatient cardiothoracic surgery. I am never scheduled to work a weekend or holiday. However, I am responsible for covering call on one summer and one winter holiday plus 1 weekend per month. I spent my last Sunday on call actually working as we had a patient who needed urgent surgery. My last Christmas on call I spent doing a 16 hour case plus time to get set up and clean up making it really a 17.5 hour day. But unlike the general floors in my hospital, I don't have to work every other weekend and every other holiday. It's all about what you're willing to compromise with.