Its that time again! Working Christmas??? - page 4

Soooo...I worked Thanksgiving and Christmas last year. I have both off this year:p Our ER has tried really hard to be fair in who works what. Usually the newest staff work Christmas. That means... Read More

  1. by   MIA-RN1
    I am straight evenings and have two older kids (12 and 18) and I knew all along I'd have to work Christmas this year but what I don't like is that I got put on the day shift 7a - 3p. I was counting on my regular hours, either 3p - 11p or 11a - 11p. But what can I do? Suck it up and deal with it and I know I will have next Christmas off.
    My holiday is busy with work this year, 12/22 12h shift, 12/23 4h evening shift, 12/24 off (thankfully! I was asked to work but said I just can't!) 12/25 7a -3p and 12/26 12h shift. My kids are not thrilled but not too upset; since i expected to work 11a-11p on Christmas, the day shift seems like a bit of a bonus to them. I like the idea of celebrating a day early, maybe we will have Christmas morning on the 24th (yes we still do it even with older kids lol). And maybe Santa will leave a few extra presents out before she goes to work Christmas morning.
  2. by   Tweety
    Quote from TazziRN
    Just because you don't have kids doesn't mean you don't have family/friends and want to celebrate with them.
    Exactly. I will never have kids, so giving preference to those with kids would make me work every Christmas from now on.

    My sister wants me to come home this Christimas. Unfortunately I volunteered to work and it's too late. But next year if I want to go spend Xmas with my parents and sister's family I expect that after working the last 15 years my manager is going to let me have it, even though I don't have kids. I dare someone with kids to tell me I don't need it off and they should get preference. LOL
    Last edit by Tweety on Nov 20, '06
  3. by   kate1114
    It always amazes me how some people just expect holidays to be handed to them, especially if they are new. I'm working my first holiday season in my new unit and I've requested off Christmas, since I'm trying to travel. In return I've volunteered for Thanksgiving and the night before Thanksgiving and I'll be available for New Year's as well. You have to show the ability to give as well as take. I go in tonight, hopefully they will have the Christmas schedule out. Luckily, there are a lot of younger nurses on my shift who don't have kids, and many of them are wanting New Year's off. I can still travel even if I have to work Christmas, but I just want to know if I need to buy a plane ticket
  4. by   Kelky
    In all honesty it was worse working holidays when I didn't have kids, it meant that my husband would be spending the day alone as we had no family nearby and most friends go away to theirs. At least now while I work nights over Thanksgiving he will have lots of fun playing with the boys. I bet they won't miss me a bit!
  5. by   jannrn
    I don't know about anyone else, but I like Holiday pay, and it is fun to make the unit festive (in spirit) and I also don't mind a convenient excuse to not cook a holiday meal!! makes me sound greedy and lazy....or maybe I just know it comes with the career and fussing about it does no good, and there are jobs out there where you don't have to work holidays (day surgery, office jobs, occupational nursing, school nursing.....) and if I chose to I could find one of those.
  6. by   Quickbeam
    Last year had a nurse demand I worked christmas for her because "you dont have kids" . I might have done, of even split a shift, but for the attitude. All I think most of us need is fairness and that this "I have kids" crap stays out of it
    Whew, are you my twin? This happened to me more times than I can count in my hospital years (20 years of straight nights). Trouble was, I'd do someone a favor after they begged and by the next year, that nurse was gone and a new one with young children in her place. I got real tired of people trying to manipulate me. My husband and I are a family.

    In my hospital, the moaning over Christmas would begin in July! I'm in community health holidays to work...but I remember the angsting like it was yesterday. The 15 or 16 Christmas shifts I did work? Easiest shifts I ever had (pediatrics and rehab).
    Last edit by Quickbeam on Nov 21, '06
  7. by   perfectbluebuildings
    They are talking about doing split shifts in my unit this year, for those who want it but not everyone has to. The way it is now, you either work a full 12-hr shift the holiday or the day after, and on night shift that basically means you work every holiday unless you can finagle out of it (you work, for example, either Dec. 24 or 25 for Christmas). (It counts as "your" holiday if you work the night before, i.e. Christmas Eve). I prefer working the night before b/c my family is out of town and that way I can just drive home afterwards and celebrate with them, take a nap later in the day and not have to worry about driving all the way back for work that night. And I guess that is a good idea in some ways to do it that way, b/c then no one has to work both those days/nights and has some chance of celebrating.

    Holidays yes, are what you make of it. It's all about respect and realizing EVERYONE who works in that hospital has family and/or friends who love them and want to be with them on holidays- NO ONE is more "important" in that respect than others!!! We are all adults and I don't see why some people can't act like it.
  8. by   Midwest4me
    At our hospital even though you may get a holiday granted off, others(who'd requested the day off) may call in sick and you'll get mandated to work part of or all of a shift anyway! (No, nothing is done to those who call in).
  9. by   Christie RN2006
    I actually got Thanksgiving off, but I have to work Christmas day this year I really wouldn't be upset about it except for the fact that I get nothing extra for working that day. I do not get a holiday bonus or anything because I am still new enough that all my benefits are frozen.
  10. by   Mulan
    Quote from Drifternurse
    At our hospital even though you may get a holiday granted off, others(who'd requested the day off) may call in sick and you'll get mandated to work part of or all of a shift anyway! (No, nothing is done to those who call in).
    In my opinion, if you call in sick on a holiday, you had better be dead and have the certificate to prove it.

    I had to go in on Thanksgiving evening because one of the regular staff called in sick, and then I found out after 4 hours that 4 hours was all I was working not 8, which irritated me even more, and to top it all off it wasn't even my hospital but a sister hospital.
  11. by   MIA-RN1
    I don't really mind working the holiday. But what burns me is that I am a straight evening shift and they put me on days for Christmas. So I am going in at 7a. To me, its wrong and they should put day people on the day shifts. But I am new, and since I have to work the 22, 23, 25 and 26 (two twelves and eight and a four but not in that order) then next year better be an improvement.
    Someone mentioned Christmas bonus for working on Christmas! What's that? J/K. We only get the regular holiday pay (time and a half). Hopefully they will feed us or something.
  12. by   TiffyRN
    I'll be working 22-24 but I volunteered to work Christmas because I gave up years ago even fighting that fight. My husband (an RN at another facility) just sign up for all the holidays and schedule Christmas for sometime in December. As for the extra pay; yea, that's hilarious; we get 25% differential. Things are better now that I work in NICU but when I worked med/surg tele it was not the easiest shifts ever. They were horrible; all the very sickest patients, some abandoned by their families because there were celebrations going on, and staff cut to bare bones before the shift started and a couple more people called in.
  13. by   mekrn
    [quote=Mulan;1933350]In my opinion, if you call in sick on a holiday, you had better be dead and have the certificate to prove it.

    :roll :chuckle