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Holiday Inspiration & Tips for Nurses Working on Christmas

Posted by ACCESS Nursing Services on Dec 23, 2021 12:00:00 PM

If your shift falls on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, you may not feel very holly or jolly about it. As a nurse, you often need to give up your own family celebrations to care for your patients. After all, there are no vacation days for those who are sick or injured.

Here are a few of ACCESS Nursing’s best tips to help make your holiday shift more festive:

  1. Participate in holiday gatherings virtually -- We’re surrounded by technology that provides a range of opportunities to stay connected with friends and family. During your breaks, hop on Zoom or FaceTime to check-in and participate in holiday traditions virtually. Seeing your loved one’s faces will give you that extra pick-me-up to get through your holiday shift.
  2. Bring holiday cheer to work -- There’s no better way to get into the holiday spirit than organizing festivities at work. Some ways to do this are: gift exchanges, dressing up, decorating your unit, organizing a cookie swap, or playing holiday music. Just because you can’t spend Christmas the traditional way, there’s no reason you can’t bring Christmas to wherever you are!
  3. Plan time off after the holidays -- Once the holidays are over, schedule “me-time” to catch up on some much-needed rest after a busy and stressful schedule. Whether it’s catching up with friends and family members you couldn’t see on the actual holiday, going on a trip somewhere, or just spending time in bed eating Christmas leftovers, take some time to recover because YOU deserve it!
  4. Remember that you are making a difference -- There will be many other holidays where you won’t have to work. It’s important to remind yourself that you’re providing care to those who really need your help and are making an everlasting impact.

For more information and tips for nurses, contact ACCESS Nursing Services, 212-286-9200 or visit,

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