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Holiday Lessons at the Hospital

Terri Polick | NursingLink

November 19, 2010

Holiday Food

Holiday Lessons

Working the holidays can be stressful, especially if you aren’t acquainted with nursing traditions in the hospital. The first tradition involves food—lots of food. Nurses love to eat and nothing says happy holidays more than eating holiday goodies in the hospital lounge with your coworkers. Some of my best holiday memories involve eating a potluck meal at the hospital with my colleagues and friends.

It’s especially fun when people bring in traditional foods from around the world and there are so many delicious options to choose from that we eat until we can’t eat another bite. Have you ever pigged-out on sesame baklava during the holidays? It’s a heavenly experience. The nurse who brought it in told me about the Greek tradition of making sesame baklava on Christmas Eve while I was eating a second helping of Filipino bebinca. Get the picture?

The Lesson: Skip the pressed turkey and dry stuffing in the hospital cafeteria if your working the holiday shift. At least you can work with a happy belly! Start planning your holiday potluck now.

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