Holidays for Nurses???

I hope everyone had a great Valentine’s Day whether you are with the love of your life or not, I hope it was a good day. Being a Saturday, meant many of you had to work…

Also hope you all emerged unscathed from Friday the 13th as well. We had a few major challenges in my family, but I think we’re on the road to recovery from them. Not looking forward to another one soon, but March always seems to mirror February and so we have another to face soon enough.

And now it’s President’s Day here in the U.S. No mail, no banks are open, and many businesses are closed. Retail stores are having more blowout sales in hopes of selling something in this economy!

But for nurses, it’s business as usual. I hope that all nursing students and those who want a career in nursing, realize that health care doesn’t get a day off just because it’s a “holiday.” Nurses especially have to cover the shifts. Sick people don’t get well just because it’s a holiday…or the weekend.

That’s part of being altruistic and giving selflessly of yourself in the desire to help others. I don’t know how many new nurses come into the workplace with no idea that they will have to work the worst shifts, the most holidays and probably at least every other weekend. Or perhaps 3 out of 4 weekends a month. When they have “paid their dues” and have some seniority, they’ll have a better selection of holidays, etc.

This also keeps a lot of nurses from ever seeking another job because they don’t want to have to start over again at the low end of the totem pole. But sometimes you have to in order to get out of the rut that’s driving you crazy and making you hate your job!!! If you’re burned out….it’s time to move on whether that means moving to the bottom of the totem pole or not!! New faces, new challenges and a different attitude can make all the difference! Don’t be afraid to try it, a few sacrifices can be well worth the move.