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View Poll Results: Do you jump at the chance to work at Christmas and other holiday times?
I put my name down to work all holidays where possible 5 22.73%
I have worked holidays in the past and will do so if the rostered to do so 6 27.27%
I have worked holidays in the past but prefer not to / don't need to any more 11 50.00%
I have not yet worked any holidays 0 0%
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Old 12-18-2007, 03:20 AM
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I have lots of experiences of working at Christmas and other holiday times, so I thought it would be fun to have a new poll on the topic and get all you nurses out there to share a few tales. I will be back later to tell you some of mine!
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The hospital I started out at paid time and a half for holidays, and you had to work at least 2 of the major ones (Xmas, Xmas Eve, Thanksgiving, New Year's). That hospital was in the midwest, where almost everyone celebrated Christmas. (So almost no one wanted to work it, extra money or not)

Out here in Cali, the population/culture is MUCH more diverse. There are lots of nurses who don't celebrate Xmas and are more than happy to work it for the DOUBLE time. Even people that do celebrate Xmas like to work for double time.

Now that I have a kid, I'm much less inclined to want to work the holiday. I have to work one of the majors as a per diem. I picked New Year's Day. I'd rather have Thanksgiving and Xmas with my family, double time or not.
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One great thing about the VA is 13 holidays a year....One of the bad things is that as a part-time employee, I don't get paid for holidays I don't work. I'm jewish, so I always like to work Christmas, not only for the double pay, but because I know that frees up people for whom the holiday is important.

Now for me, I have had a New Year's day black-eye-peas and cornbread (supposed to eat it for prosperity -- southern US custom) party every New Year's day for over 20 years. I do NOT work New Year's day, and I try to get New Year's eve off too so that I can stay home and clean & cook (and also, working evening shift, I hate being out on the road that night!
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I am lucky enough not to have to work during any holiday times any more. My first Christmas working was spent doing nights on a medical type ward as a student. I then worked pretty much every type of shift on christmas, new year and any other holiday. In the UK double time was never available, I think the most we ever got was time and a half.

One year as a district nurse a lady called me out with constipation on Christmas Day afternoon at about 4pm (I was due off duty at 5) and had been at home cooking dinner, because I thought (hoped) I would not be called out again. She happily told me as I gave her a microlax enema that she had eaten her turkey the day before. Good for you I thought!

The one thing I liked about working over these holidays was that everyone made that extra effort to be less complaining and more cheerful. Though of course some pretty sad things do happen too.
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The first time I had to work a holiday it was New Years, I was a waiter in a restaurant/pub, so I didn't mind. After I finished I went into the pub where the owner was giving all employees free drinks.

I used to mind working Christmas, but that might have been because I used to work by my self in a Lab with no one else around. However you can't turn a cow off for Christmas so someone had to work that day (it was a dairy Lab).

My family is real cool about what day we do things, so this year I am putting my name down for Christmas and Boxing Day. Due to my brother spending Christmas with the in-laws, we are having Christmas on Christmas eve. Then Christmas breakfast (If I'm there) then stuff on Boxing Day.
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Boxing Day has to be the greatest idea since sliced bread. We don't have Boxing Day in the US, but it sure sounds like a winner to me.
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Yes Boxing day is great. None of the stress of Christmas day presents and turkey but plenty of indulgance and family time!
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Old 12-29-2007, 06:07 PM
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Between the years 1984 and 2002 I worked every Xmas, Boxing day, and New year. I was a paramedic with our local Red Cross before going nursing and being young and unattatched I stood in for the crew members with families. The nice thing about those duties was that they were done on a standby from home bases. You had 12 minutes to be on the road in the ESV. New Year was always a big party at the Ambo base and the only drawback of being on duty was no alcohol allowed. From 1991 for the four years of my training as a nurse I was a July intake so worked Xmas either 07:00 - 13:00 or 13:00 - 19:00. Post qualification if I was not on duty at the hospital them I did standby for the Red Cross as the response officer for stabilization of serious conditions or trauma.

Now a days my family celebrate xmas on the first day I have off after the 25th if I am working the 25th.
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Oh yeah, baby! I get double time and a half for working the holidays. Merry Christmas!


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Oh yeah, baby! I get double time and a half for working the holidays. Merry Christmas!
WOW!!!! That is the most I've ever heard of a nurse getting for working the holidays! Good for you!!! And here I thought double time was a pretty sweet deal.....
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