Soooo...I worked Thanksgiving and Christmas last year. I have both off this year
Our ER has tried really hard to be fair in who works what. Usually the newest staff work Christmas. That means that whoever was last hired is automatically on for Christmas. (which is why I worked it last year)
I had never worked Christmas before and it nearly broke my heart...But, after posting something here, I waaaaay got over it
I recieved many replies that basically said "Christmas is any day you make it" I actually enjoyed working Christmas last year. Lot's of actually sick pt's! My family had Christmas the day AFTER and it was really fun.
This year in our unit was difficult. Here is the scoop. Two nurses were hired at exactly the same time. The Christmas shift was filled by nurses who volunteered to work except for one slot. So, our poor director had to choose one nurse to work. The first new nurse has "little kids" ages 2 and 3. The second new nurse has a husband who has been in Iraq for the past two Christmases and a new grandchild to see. The first nurse (with "little kids") was scheduled for Christmas.
ohmyholycow...She pitched a FIT. Crying and throwing things in the break room about how "she has little kids" It was a scene. She went down the schedule and realized that many of us have both holidays off and really went crazy.
Anyhow...What do you think was "fair" She managed to throw enough of a hissy fit that our director posted the position as "open" and another nurse actually wanted to trade for Thanksgiving... I just thought the nurse throwing a hissy was ridiculous.
Nov 18, '06
I just love the "but I have little kids" tantrums. But like you said, at first if broke your heart, but you got over it. This nurse will too.
Throwing a hissy fit is never appropriate. I'd really hate to see her rewarded with the day off for throwing a tantrum, but unfortunately sometimes that how it works. Rather than deal with the tantrum people just want her to shut up and give in. She should be written up. Yeah, it's not "fair", but life in nursing isn't always fair.
We haven't got our schedule yet, but there's bound to be some unhappy people. Fortunately several of us, myself included, volunteered to work and there might not be any drama.
Last edit by Tweety on Nov 18, '06
Nov 18, '06
I think throwing a "hissy fit" was a little much. But, I do understand the way she feels. I also understand that "everyone" has a family they want to celebrate Christmas with wehter you have been a nurse for 40 years and "worked every Christmas" or are a brand new nurse and never worked Christmas. That said, I hope that when my "little children" get older and understand "Santa Claus" I will volunteer to work so the people that still have little children where I work can be home with them when they wake up to celebrate however they choose to. This year I have to work the 3-11 Christmas Eve (whixh is just fine with me). Do you know how many single without children people are working 7a-3p that day? yes, I know, they have people they love and want to celebrate with too....but, I won't trade with them when they do have "little children". What comes around goes around.....Regardless, her little fit worked. I would have wanted to know why they chose "me" over the other employee who was hired the same time. Usually a deal can be worked out. You might have to work more "I'll work Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve if you'll work my Christmas Day...." At my hospital we work a holiday rotation, but people trade all the time. I tried to trade with one of those single people for the day of something important he wanted to do, he wouldn't trade...so he can (but did not) find someone else to work it for him and I will work my 3p11p Christmas Eve. What is she gonna do on Easter??? Maybe she needs to find a no holiday job until her kids are older. But, I understand her feelings. I think she should be written up too. Plus, she looked like a jerk in front of all of her co workers that have worked Holidays....(like me)
Last edit by CVICURN2003 on Nov 18, '06
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Nov 18, '06
when I was a young, single nurse, I volunteered to work Christmas but I volunteered for night shift, figuring that I could squeeze some day stuff in and just cut back on the sleep. My reasoning that others with family they wanted to spend time with, especially those with school-aged kids (not babies or toddlers) would appreciate having the day off.
When I became a mom, I worked Christmas when the kids were babies and toddlers, because they have no clue about the actual day. Big deal if they celebrate it later in the day or the day before or after. However, when my kids were school-aged, I would have appreciated having Christmas off - but no-one ever gave me the same courtesy I had extended to others.
Now, my kids are teens (15, 17 and 19) and I once again, voluntarily work nights on Christmas eve and Christmas day. I love my family with all my heart, but they're still sleeping when I get home from work in the morning, so I can get things ready, wake them up, open gifts and then share family time. I then go to sleep for a few hours and then have Christmas dinner at a relative's, and then on to work. I haven't lost any family time really.
I may feel differently when grandchildren come into the equation, especially if my kids move away to another province, but then we'll deal with that when and if it happens.
As for the nurse that through a hissy fit, I'm very sorry that she got her way. She just bullied everyone into giving her what she wanted. Nice thing to teach your kids.
Last edit by clemmm78 on Nov 18, '06
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