Surviving an Assignment During the Holidays
With the holidays upon us, some get that warm fuzzy feeling as carols are sung.
Others shy away and cringe at the festivities. Some could take it or leave it.
No matter which one you are, navigating the holidays can still be a headache. Fortunately, Skillgigs is here to help with surviving the holiday season while on assignment.
If you have decided to work an assignment during the holidays, generally, there is no escaping the inevitable. Your supervisor, depending on your relationship, will give you a day at minimum to work during the holiday. But these are usually decided in advance so you should know well beforehand what time frame you will be working. This allows you to properly plan ahead and adjust your festivities accordingly.
While working holidays, you tend to have a choice of which ones to work. Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Years are bundled together since they all fall around the same time. So if you are religious and want to take off Christmas, you can work Thanksgiving and New Years instead.
Just remember that some people don’t get to have a wonderful holiday as they spend it in the hospital. So you are all they may have. This profession is a noble one and sometimes that means making sacrifices in the name of the greater good.
With all of these holidays, the common factor is making food for what seems like an entire bus of people sometimes. But when family or friends come together for the holidays it is generally a good time. But you will have to miss out on at least one of those festivities. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy yourself.
You have a family in your co-workers. Potlucks are a common thing at healthcare facilities. Some like to do Secret Santa or just have a holiday party itself. Not only do these things tend to bring everyone closer together, but you don’t have to worry about cooking for an army. Just drop by the store real quick and enjoy the time that you have with your co-workers.
A lot of nurses prefer to work at least one holiday. There are a ton of benefits of working holidays. When you do celebrate on a different day, you won’t have to worry about stores being closed or traveling being expensive. The most driving reason though tends to be the holiday pay that makes up for working that day. So not only will you save money, but you will earn more. In the end, it is a win for you.
There is no helping working during the holidays for most healthcare professionals. The least we can do is make the best of it and still keep the festive spirit in our hearts. Even if you are away from home, you still have a home in your workplace. From the care of co-workers, to the love of the patients you care for, there is no shortage of heart this holiday season. So don’t be a scrooge. We may only work 3 days a week all year but enjoy what we can during those days, especially during the holiday.
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