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How to Deal With the Hospital's Holiday Rush

How to Deal With the Hospital's Holiday Rush

Steve Berman | NursingLink

December 15, 2010

4. Talk to your Chief of Staff

Some hospitals hire contract workers to help during the holidays. And in this economy, there are several nurses who are looking for work who’d gladly take on some extra hours during the holiday season.

If your hospital isn’t planning on taking on any extra help, and you feel comfortable enough doing this, perhaps talk to the person in charge of hiring and payroll and see if there are any plans to bring anybody on. If you know of any good nurses who need the work, you might want to mention that; anything that makes the chief’s job easier helps in situations like these.

5. Focus on what’s good about the holidays

If you’re stressed out, your coworkers and patients will feed off your poor attitude and make things worse. While this last step can be the most difficult, making a concerted effort to remember the good parts of the holiday season — generosity, compassion, and togetherness — can help you cope with your own stress.

Maintaining a sunny disposition and remembering what you have to be thankful for (such as a family, a good job, and your health) will lead to others responding in kind. Remember, you’re not the only person who’d rather be somewhere else than the hospital during the holiday season.

However, if you just do little things — such as give small holiday gifts to your coworkers or say Happy Holidays to patients — you’ll find it easier to stay in the spirit. After all, the holidays aren’t about presents and decorations; they are about the bonds between people. If you make the best of things at work, the hospital might feel a tiny bit more like home.

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