Thanksgiving was last Thursday, and for many, the day was spent with family and friends enjoying the camaraderie and the food.
Unfortunately though, some professions require spending time at work rather than at home–a concept that’s very familiar to many nurses.
As a traveling nurse, it can be difficult to spend time away from family on the holidays. But creating a great holiday atmosphere doesn’t always require carols or lavished meals, which is why in this two-part series, we’re going to talk about just that.
So without further adieu, here are a few things to consider when working the holidays:
- You’re still making a big difference.
Remember, just because it’s the holiday season doesn’t mean people won’t get sick. As a nurse, you’re a highly trained professional whose knowledge and skills are priceless because your expertise can change a patient’s life. That doesn’t change on the holidays, and is a good thing to remember if you’re feeling down.
- You bring the spirit of joy and giving to patients.
The holidays are all about giving, and what better way to give than to provide the best care possible to patients who have to spend their time in the hospital?Take the time to appreciate the fact that you were able to help someone in need. Going the extra mile can really make a difference, not only for you, but for the patient as well.
- The holidays can be a great time to connect with your co-workers.
There is no doubt that your co-workers are feeling the same as you are during the holiday season. As such, this can be a great opportunity to foster a community of like-minded individuals. Consider having a potluck or doing a gift exchange, swap stories about your holiday festivities, and establish a connection. When traveling, it can sometimes be difficult to get to know everyone, but the holidays are a great time to establish a sense of community.
Working the holidays can be tough, but there are still many perks.
So if you’re feeling down about working on the holidays, take the time to consider the many ways you can spread holiday cheer, wherever you are.
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