Stupid Question

  1. I'm a newbie to the board as I am a 23 y/o who is exploring a second degree in nursing. I have a really stupid question, as you gain "tenure" in your position do you get to have ANY holidays off? Just wondering since certain holidays are traditional in my household and I Know my relatives work holidays but some holidays. How does it work? Just wondering. THanks!
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  3. by   canoehead

    You get some holidays off but none are guarunteed (sp?) at our hospital. Depending on what the staffing status is you may be working with travellers who get holidays off as part of their contract, or people with seniority, etc. The usual arrangement is that if you worked it one year you will get it off the next, but sometimes that isn't possible.
  4. by   nursedawn67
    My facility is supposed to have us work a holiday one year and then off the next, but apparently if it causes a scheduling problem because it would cause to many days in a row for some, then you may get stuck working it.
  5. by   TheBrainMusher
    But you can request it off, like if I wanted christmas off but would work the rest of the holidays? Something that is "possible" just would depend on the staffing I guess.
  6. by   ageless
    You can still be a nurse with a position that gets holidays off. Work in outpatient surgical facilities, physician's offices, school nursing, occupational nursing, prn pool, managed care, ect. Just don't expect them if you do bedside care.
  7. by   EmeraldNYL
    My fiance's mother has been a nurse for over 20 years, and at her hospital they are required to work one major (Christmas, New Year's) and one minor holiday each year. So, she works either Christmas or New Year's, but never both. Since she has been there so long she usually works Thanksgiving. I think policies vary depending on the hospital. As a bedside nurse, expect to work some holidays.
  8. by   Rena RN 2003
    the hospital i work for (ED) observes 7 annual holidays. so you work every other holiday. it works out that you only work christmas once every 3 years. so far, i haven't talked to anyone that has had to pull christmas 2 years in a row, unless they switched with someone and actually wanted to work them.