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Holiday Schedule

I am new to scheduling staff. How do you schedule holidays. I am looking for a fair way. Please advice!:bugeyes:

Everyone lists choices 1-5

Thanksgivig/Christmas eve/Chrsitsmas/NYeve/new years

Try to give evryone first choice; if not second. keep the list and next yr those who didn't get first choice gets it next

Same for memorial Day/4thJuly and Labor Day

If someone has vacation during a holiday week that is the #1 choice.

Ocasionally two nurses will "split a shift"- 4 hrs each on Christmas

Make a sign up sheet in 4 hour blocks.

Have staff sign up for the hours they want. This has been the best way I have seen.

Create a rotating holiday schedule for staff. One year they work: New Year's Day, July 4th, and Thanksgiving. Next year they work Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Christmas, for example. Trade these groups every year. That's worked the best for me. That way it is fair to everyone.


Specializes in ER.

We do the rotation...I like this and prefer to have it that way. We have three groups so we only work any given holiday every third year (two holidays each year, a "major" and a "minor")

It is very nice that way, and there is no arguing or discussion required when the holidays roll around. You know not days, or months, but YEARS in advance which holidays you will be working!:)

We use the type of rotation the last 2 talked about. Divide staff into ABC rotation. All the minor holidays divided equally. Thanksgiving, Christmas, NewYear's....you are off the full holiday for one of those and then you work either the eve or the day of the others. So staff knows in January what you are going to be doing for the rest of the year. If anybody wants specifically how we divide it up I would be glad to email you or post it. It's the most fair of any place I have ever worked. It's great for the people doing the staffing.....no whining.

I"m curious -what do you do about the difficult to staff days around the holiday. Such as: day shift, Christmas Eve, Friday after Thanksgiving and New Years Eve day? We are having a real problem with these days, and the scheduling committe now wants to divide the holidays up and include these days.

Can you post the specific way you divide up the holidays? Thanks!

idnurse48, I would love to see the type of holiday schedule you are talking about. We are having the hardest time getting it together here. Can you please email me the schedule? slcouteern@yahoo.com Thanks, I appreciate it.

tewdles, RN

Specializes in PICU, NICU, L&D, Public Health, Hospice.

Some people are just whiners.

How do part-time and pool nurses fit in? I have worked e/o w/e for over 6 years? My place of employment asked for 3 choices of a winter holiday. This past year my w/ends have included and I have worked both Easter and 4th of July. My choices in order were Thanksgiving, New Years and Christmas. I was given Christmas, other nurses that have worked there less than a year received Thanksgiving and New Years. How would you have handled this situation?

classicdame, MSN, EdD

Specializes in Hospital Education Coordinator.

regarding rotations - how do you handle holidays other than Christian? Do those nurses take Christmas off when they really wanted Hanuka or another day?

The problem we seem to be having this year is that we have so many part-time nurses. Most of them are saying they have to work Christmas or New Years at their other place of work and can not work it at our place. I understand that I have to work Christmas, but someone better be checking to see that these nurses are truly working at their other part-time position. Starting next year they are going to start the policy that part-time people are given an A or B schedule for holidays, but it is too late for this holiday season.

Love the idea of rotating holidays. Works with eves and nocs doing the eve of the holiday and the holiday BUT what do you do with 12 day shifts? Any thoughts??? Thanks


Specializes in medical surgical.

I put up the sign up sheet for the holiday 2 months in advance. If you worked it last year you can be off this year, If you want to split a shift that if fine.


Specializes in community health.

most places I've worked put up the sign-up for holidays just after the new year, this let people sign up for what they want and then the scheduler make sure it all works

I am desperate need of the specifics of the holiday scheduling. Is there any way you can email me? thanks, Beth

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