Working RNs Keep the Holiday Spirit Alive
The holidays are here, and that means lots of overtime for healthcare professionals working in hospitals that remain open every hour, of every day of the year. In nursing jobs across the nation, one thing proves constant: RNs work holidays and more. Sometimes pulling 12 hour shifts for a run-on of days, RNs come to work and are wholly dedicated to the patients who need them.
It's Still the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
It may be hard work, but there are a few perks: overtime pay can help with Christmas expenses, the pot lucks and parties at the hospitals require no cooking or cleanup, and last but not least, there’s the revelation of how lucky you are to be alive and well, returning to a warm home after your shift.
One registered nurse with over 20 years in CVICU jobs (she prefers to remain anonymous) told 50 States Staffing, "sure, there are grimaces when you find out you’re working on Christmas, but you get over it pretty fast. The patients and their families are so grateful to you! Never, in all my years, have I heard any complaining or someone feeling sorry for themselves about being at the hospital. We are in this together, helping the people who need us, and trying our very hardest to somehow make their day a little bit better."
Sometimes agreeing to cover the shift of a colleague who wants to connect with their families over Christmas is the greatest gift you can give; and of course, there are the special things nurses do for their patients that promote the Christmas spirit: like singing carols with nursing home residents or young patients, bending visitor policy to accommodate someone on a peaceful Christmas night, or helping to plan a secret potluck to show your appreciation and love for other R.N.s working the holidays.
Nursing is a special calling, and most if not all RNs are honored to have met some incredible people in their profession. Just as the CVICU nurse said when 50 States Staffing wrapped up our interview, “these registered nurses would do anything, including giving up their holiday, to take care of their patients. They don't leave when their shifts are over, they leave when their patients are stable and their work is done.”
RNs Working During the Holidays Are Professional, Caring and Attentive to their Patients
Well said! If you are a registered nurse burning the midnight oil over Christmas, and have an inspiring story to share that tells of that amazing spirit, let us know. If you have energies and clinical expertise to share in the New Year, this would be an excellent time to contact one of our consultants 1-800-996-2206 or apply online.
Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday and a happy new year!