Illness doesn’t stop just because it’s the holidays. Plenty of healthcare workers must spend their holidays on the job, rather than being at home with their loved ones. But that doesn’t mean it has to be all bad — there are several ways to make the most out of the situation!
Make it festive.
Ask your supervisor what kind of festive holiday clothing you might be able to wear during your shift. If you can wear something festive without running afoul of any dress code policies, it’s a great way to lighten up the atmosphere. You might also consider picking up some tasty holiday treats for the rest of the team. Cookies, cakes, crackers and cheese, a deli plate… the possibilities go on. There are few better ways to make the most out of a working holiday than with good food!
Decorate your work area.
You may be able to decorate the hallways, lobby, nurses’ stations, or even patient rooms at your healthcare facility (again, this depends on company-specific policies). It’s a great way to spread the holiday cheer at the workplace, and it doesn’t have to take a lot of effort. Even a few festive holiday bows or garlands draped here and there make a big difference.
Consider organizing a secret-Santa or white elephant gift exchange this year if your team doesn’t already have something set up. Or, you can simply bring in a few small gifts to pass out to your team. Boxes of chocolates, gift cards, and holiday ornaments make great and easy gifts.
Spend time with your patients.
Spending time with your patients won’t just make them feel better this holiday season. It’ll cheer you up, too. It’s a good way to remind yourself that you’re working over the holidays for a very good reason: to make sure the patients under your care stay happy and healthy. You can even include patients in your holiday gift exchanges or other on-site festivities, when appropriate.
Look forward to next year.
Even if you’re stuck working this year, it doesn’t mean the same will be true next year. Remember to look forward to next year’s holiday season — there are plenty of reasons to stay positive about the future.
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