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Most people avoid scheduling shifts on the holidays if they can. However, working on the holidays can be advantageous. In fact, some travel nurses even find holiday shifts to be extremely rewarding. Below are some of the benefits to accepting shifts that fall on a special occasion.
Many hospitals and clinics pay a higher wage to employees who work on the holidays. In some cases, you may even make as much as double your regular wage.
Usually, you will have fewer patients in the hospital over the holidays. Doctors don't schedule as many procedures, and people avoid coming in for non-essential treatment. This can lead to a more laid back atmosphere with less commotion and stress.
When you agree to work on the holidays, you show your employer that you are a team player and that you are willing to do your part to ensure that the hospital or clinic is staffed at all times. This helps you to build a strong, positive relationship with your employer, which can be beneficial to you in the future.
With less going on in the hospital, you will have more time to spend with each of your patients. This allows you to provide them with more comprehensive care.
When patients are in the hospital over the holidays, they may feel more depressed or homesick than usual. By showing them kindness and attention on these days, you can help to raise their spirits.
If you are a travel nurse on assignment away from your home, the holidays can be difficult. However, if you can see that you are making a difference in your patients' lives, you won't feel as sad about being away from your own family and friends during this special time of year.
Although your first instinct may be to turn your nose up at a holiday shift, being in the hospital during these times can be beneficial and rewarding. If you are asked to work on the holidays, simply focus on the advantages above and the day will be a rewarding experience.