For most, the holiday season is a time to gather with loved ones and celebrate. It’s a time for cheer, joy, and relaxation. Unfortunately, the magic of the holiday season doesn’t stop people from getting sick and needing medical attention. This means that many dutiful, caring nurses and other medical professionals must work on the days that most people spend with their families.
This can be disheartening for many nurses. However, with some preparation and a few small changes, you can fulfill your duties as a nurse without sparing any holiday cheer. Here are just a few ways to keep the joy this season.
1. Celebrate on Off-Days
“A holiday is whenever a family can be together,” Diane Speranza, RN told Monster.com. We can’t help but agree. Try to plan family gatherings and traditions on days you will not have to work. This way, you won’t feel like you’ve missed out on all of the fun.
Alternatively, you can plan to celebrate major holidays, like Christmas, before you leave for your shift or when you get home.
2. Ask Your Family to Lend a Hand
As great as the holidays can be, they can get stressful at times. Don’t be afraid to ask your family for help planning, shopping, cooking, and decorating. A little delegating can go a long way for your emotional health.
3. Get Into the Spirit
If your workplace allows, wear holiday-themed clothing and accessories. Scrubs with candy canes, snowflake earrings, or reindeer antlers can help to make the season bright. This works especially well if you work with children.
4. Share the Holiday with Your Patients
Chances are, your patients aren’t having their ideal holiday. Nobody imagines spending the holidays needing medical attention. However, a little joy and some good tidings from a kind nurse can put a smile on any patient’s face. Happy patients make happy nurses.
5. Look on the Bright Side
Often, employers will pay higher for holiday work or even provide free meals on Christmas and Thanksgiving. Other times, the staff may make their own holiday cheer. It may not be the same as being with your family on that special day, but concentrating on the good things can help make the shift much easier.