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    I worked Thanksgiving, had no problem whatsoever doing so. It was a good way to get out of any gatherings that day. Then people ask me after the weekend how my Thanksgiving was, and my response was "Thanksgiving did not exist for me this year" and I tell them why, and then they look at me all pained-faced feeling sorry for me and I am like "What? I'm not bummed about that at all."

    I'd be happy to work Thanksgiving every year if I could, it's one of those holidays I could take or leave. I don't have to be thankful for what I have in front of a huge turkey (which I admit I don't even like that much). Perhaps I can celebrate Thanksgiving in Oct like the Canadians do, because it'd be a hell of a lot easier to get that day off (which is incidentally Columbus Day here in the USA).

    I do however have Christmas and New Years Eve off, but I am looking forward to those more than I did Thanksgiving.
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    Yes!!! If a co-worker wants to work a Holiday they can trade, but to have a schedule "fit" the single childless nurses in to give time off for "family" is just wrong. I had a "family" when I was single and still have one now that my child is grown. The schedule should be equal over time for Holidays.
    I see the humor in the cartoon, but having lost so many love ones (some on Holidays, such as Christmas) I cherish those special moments of stress and can now take comfort in them.

    MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!!
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    No kids. Rather have someone that has kids to share the day with them. Its why I also work Christmas eve and the day after so its easier for people to travel.

    I loved working thanksgiving. No family in town, had a pot luck and our flight team brought honey baked ham. Our unit is pretty tight knit so it was like being around a ton of friends for the night anyways.
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    Working during the holiday would mean extra pay although I have to sacrifice not being with my family. I make up for it during my day off.
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    we do a family holiday the saturday before christmas...started that before i went into nursing so that christmas day we can open gifts, stay in our pajamas all day if we want and the kids can play with their new stuff and mom doesn't have to try to get everything together to go somewhere. Now that the kids are 16 and 18...if i were to try to wake them early for gifts i would get growled at..lol!!
    Our unit puts up a list of holidays in october and you rank which holiday you want off...1 being "i absolutely MUST have this off" to 5 meaning "meh..doesn't really matter to me" If i work thanksgiving I will have christmas off and vice versa.
    Personally i would rather the people with small children have off christmas morning... I have been known to split shifts to make that happen....Now when grandkids come along that may all change!!!
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    I have very few living family members (my parents, one brother, and a few aunts/uncles/cousins but not many.) The closest one lives 5 hours away. I generally get chinese food every holiday. To that extent, since I'm not missing anything but sitting on the couch in my underwear and eating sweet and sour chicken, I work every holiday. Can't beat double time and a half for 8... or 12... or 16 hours!
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    Our large NICU (>100 on staff) started a list in early September: names listed in order of senority, Holidays and "eves", you put in your 1st, 2nd, 3rd choices. Staffing committee made out the schedules based on senority and what you worked last year! If you wanted to work on a particular holiday, you indicated that desire. No matter how senior you were, eventually your "turn" came around.

    If I knew I was likely to work, I liked to pick my shift. It disrupted the rest of the family least if I worked night shift Christmas Eve or Christmas night. I also asked to work the New Year's holiday. Thanksgiving--work had the very best potluck EVER. As long as I could get daycare, I worked!
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    Our large NICU (>100 on staff) started a list in early September: names listed in order of senority, Holidays and "eves", you put in your 1st, 2nd, 3rd choices. Staffing committee made out the schedules based on senority and what you worked last year! If you wanted to work on a particular holiday, you indicated that desire. No matter how senior you were, eventually your "turn" came around.

    If I knew I was likely to work, I liked to pick my shift. It disrupted the rest of the family least if I worked night shift Christmas Eve or Christmas night. I also asked to work the New Year's holiday. Thanksgiving--work had the very best potluck EVER. As long as I could get daycare, I worked!
    now that is an interesting way to do it.
    Seems like some nurse might end up working a few christmases or NYEs in a row, though???


    most places i've worked,
    combined Thanksgiving AND New Year's Eve off or on,
    and
    had christmas as opposite(on or off)

    no seniority involved, everyone had exact same routine. All of us.


    so, if the nurse was in holiday package #1---she'd be off BOTH Thanksgiving and NYE,
    but she'd be ON for christmas,
    and next year,
    JUST THE REVERSE. this same nurse, in following year, would work on both Thanksgiving and NYE,
    but, be OFF for christmas.

    THIS WOULD ROTATE, EVERY YEAR.

    NO ONE EVER WORKED TWO CHRISTMASES IN A ROW.

    The other nurses, have exact same holiday package, but, we'll call them 'package #2". They'd work just the reverse of nurses in package #1, having both Tgiving and NYE on, and christmas as off.

    so no one ever worked two christmases in a row, ever.
    and if you did work christmas, you'd be off the other two big holidays of that season. (apologies to other religions whose holidays are not included there.)

    and unless you yourself arranged a trade with a coworker, mostly eveyrone just worked their scheduled shift, for example, the night nurses worked nightshift,
    the day nurses worked day shift.
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    I don't mind working a holiday but it's only because the date isn't relevant to me. The extra $2 is simply insulting and not financial incentive.
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    If a nurse wanted to work a holiday, usually there wasn't a fuss about it @ all. We certainly had most of the same people working for Thanksgiving--YUM!

    The other holidays had potlucks, too, both shifts, plus other "traditional" celebrations--like the Christmas Eve creche scene starring staff members and one of the [stable] infants whose parents had given us permission.


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