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Working on Thanksgiving When Everyone Else is Off:  Coping Tips for Nurses

Posted by ACCESS Nursing Services on Nov 24, 2021 12:00:00 PM

Not everyone has the day off to spend with family and friends on Thanksgiving. Many nurses are scheduled to work a long shift on the holiday. So, here are a few tips for these nurses to help make their day more festive:

  1. Stay connected using technology -- This virtual era allows for new opportunities to be connected to others when you are unable to physically be there. During your breaks hop on a Zoom call or FaceTime to check in with friends and family so that you can participate in holiday traditions virtually. Seeing your loved one’s faces during a shift will give you that extra pick-me-up.
  2. Spread the holiday cheer -- There’s no better way to get into the holiday spirit than organizing festivities with your co-workers. Some ways to do this are: gift exchanges, dressing up, decorating your unit, organizing a cookie swap, or playing some holiday music.
  3. Plan time off after the holidays -- After you get through the busy holiday season, schedule some “me-time” to catch up on much-needed rest. Take some time to recover because YOU deserve it!
  4. Remember that you are making a difference -- There will be more holidays and you will not have to work on all of them. More importantly, you are providing care for those who really need your help and are making an everlasting impact.

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