Don't you just hate it when you are scheduled to work on a holiday?

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  2. Memorial Day holiday weekend is right around the corner.

    Who's working the weekend? How about Memorial Day?

    Don't you just hate it when you are scheduled to work on a holiday?

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    Last edit by Joe V on Jan 9, '16
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  4. by   silverbat
    No, as long as I know in advance so I can make or change plans as needed. Nursing is a 24/7/365 job and Patients still have to be taken care of on holidays. I do think the holiday schedule needs to be fair and unbiased. WHen hospital I worked at was: if I work this chirstmas, I am off next christmas,etc. So that worked out well.
  5. by   NutmeggeRN
    I love the holiday pay!! But I also think that a holiday like New Years should include the Eve as well as the day....
  6. by   TeleNurse2010
    Yes I do, particularly now since I have to work the 4th of July and Christmas again this year. I had to work those last year as well. I'd much rather work the other holidays than work these two, especially since I have kids.
  7. by   AussiRN
    I wish I never had to work a public holiday and still have no paycut.
  8. by   Hygiene Queen
    Never cared until I had kids.
    Now, I have the revelation that a holiday is any darn day I choose to make it!
    So if I don't have Christmas on Christmas day, okay.
    The kids will just get to celebrate it more than once on my day.
    Tragedy for sure!
  9. by   applewhitern
    It was awfully hard on me and my kids because I was a single parent, and had no relatives near. Daycare was always closed on holidays, and it was impossible to find child sitters on holidays! I got stuck working Christmas every year, for years in a row. I was so jealous of my best friend, who was a teacher and got all holidays off! The job I have now is easier, but the kids are grown and gone.
  10. by   merlee
    Because I am Jewish I volunteered to work on Christmas Eve & Christmas day for many years. But don't getme wrong - my family was home and we would have enjoyed being together! When I was a kid, we always had a big family dinner on Christmas because everyone was off from work.

    But I worked more than my share of holidays through the years, and often had to beg for 'my' holidays off.

    So I don't feel bad for most people, except those, like applewhite, who had a hard time getting child care.
  11. by   aileenve
    I only cared about Christmas, Easter, not so much the others unless there were special plans... I especially like that it is less hectic at work!
  12. by   nicenurselpn
    At my work, they recently took our holidays away. For years we would rotate holidays. Now we only get 2 off a year and it is their choice which ones. I didn't mind working them before, because if I worked Christmas this year, I would be off the next year. But of course management and unit managers are exempt from this rule. This only effects the floor nurses only, not the cna's. I think I will print out this cartoon, and post it on my bosses door when no one is looking lol.
  13. by   DogWmn
    Since I'm older, single and not christian so I don't mind working holidays. Better pay, it's quieter and it's kinda like "paying it forward" for those who do need it off.
  14. by   sherdk
    I love working the holiday days--- depending upon which area you work -- can be very quiet and usually no management staff working or for instance, ER can be very busy. As a manager always nice to be able to get caught up on things and to get to know you staff better!!! I have probably worked Christmas for at least 40 years to let others with small kids have it off!!!
  15. by   sharpeimom
    i usually worked christmas day so someone with little kids could have it off instead because it only seemed fair.
    my husband has the same breaks that his college students have off and that has given us plenty of time off. we
    spent the actual holiday with family frequently but left early so i could get to work on time.

    sometimes my husband would cook a holiday meal, following my written instructions, calling with any questions.
    my favorite? "i stuffed the capon just like you said, but all the stuffing is leaking out its butt (he said something
    else) and i think he may explode! what should i do?"

    i told him to start again and lightly stuff instead of packing it all in.