Today is Labor Day where Americans honor the workforce and start winding down the Summer. But for some of us nurses, it's our holiday to work.
So I'm sure we'd all agree that one of the nice things about nursing is the 3 day workweek. Yes, those long 12 hour shifts can be a pain in the butt but it is a great feeling knowing you have 4 days off. Even though sometimes you need a whole day just to recuperate.
But what about when the holidays roll around? It's easy to have our lip poked out when we have to work while a lot of other professions have off.
Hospital nursing is a 24/7 365 day a year operation. Unfortunately we will always have illnesses and accidents. We will always be in demand.
But you know what? For those of us who work night shift it doesn't seem that horrible. I mean as long as you don't mind sacrificing some sleep since our holiday shift starts the night before. Do you agree?
While not the best thing for our bodies, many of us are used to getting our sleep in small chunks. I usually insist on getting adequate sleep but when the holidays roll around I'm Ok with less, so I can spend time with my family.
You figure if you get off at 7:30 am, go home and sleep until 12 or 1pm you will still be able to enjoy cooking out and spending time with your family. That's not too bad. Then if you have to be back at work that night(hopefully not) you can always lay back down for a short nap beforehand.
Plus, when payday rolls around I'm sure you'll enjoy that time and a half and in some cases double time pay…Whoo hoo!
But you know when it's all said and done there's one thing that I always keep in mind when working the holidays. The fact that it's not us laying there in that hospital bed is something to definitely be thankful for.
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Tasha Nelson is a registered nurse who works the night shift at a large midwest hospital. She is also a total wellness enthusiast who firmly believes in the importance of taking care of yourself. A healthy mind, body, and spirit makes for a happy person. Isn't that what we all want?