Whether you’re an LVN, RN, or other specific type of nurse, there’s a great chance that you will be working a major Holiday as a nurse. It’s an unfortunate truth in this profession, but there are plenty of ways to make it seem less daunting if you’re new to the world of nursing.
How to Survive the Holidays as a Nurse
Because you’re working the Holidays, there may be a chance you’ll receive overtime pay and other bonuses. Take some of this extra money to treat yourself to new clothes, an outing, or something else you’ve had your eye on.
Even though you are working New Year’s Day, does that mean you cannot enjoy New Year’s Eve? Absolutely not. The trick is to be flexible with your schedule in order to enjoy your traditions.
For example, perhaps celebrate New Year’s with your friends or family on a different day. It would give your friends and family something to look forward to, while allowing you an opportunity to stay in the loop.
Most of the time, you will be close with your coworkers and colleagues as a result of your out-of-the ordinary schedules that generally do not coincide well with friends or family who sport typical 9-5 jobs.
With that to say, you may want to look into celebrating Holidays on off days with your coworkers instead. You can also celebrate on the job by having small potlucks. At least this will ensure you have good food to look forwards to on breaks during Holidays.
Stay Festive – Decorate Where Possible
What better way to remind yourself of the Holidays than to be actively participating in it. You may not have a chance to help Mom decorate the tree this year, but you may have a chance to put your own festive spin on the nurse’s station at work.
Keep Your Patients in Mind
Above all, remember that as a nurse it is your duty to provide care to your patients. With this in mind, be respectful of the fact that many of your patients may not be able to see their own friends and families during the Holidays in 8 or 12 hours (marking the end of your shift).