Being a nurse during the holidays is sometimes difficult. My patients
know what time of year it is and want to be home with family in
the warmth of traditional holiday surroundings and decorations.
To the best of our abilities we, as nurses try to make this happen
through early discharges and temporary leave for the day or even
leave for a couple of hours. But there are times when patients are
stuck. Hopefully it is for happy reasons like the birth of a child,
but more often than not the patients are facing the holidays with
heavy hearts and long roads of healing ahead.
Nurses are here to help with physical healing as well as mental and spiritual healing.
Sometimes a patient's health can be deeply impacted just by a positive attitude and or
an uplifting moment.
During the Christmas holidays, visits from Santa, carolers and friends and family dropping
by, all help to keep the patient focus positive. Many charitable organizations donate toys,
presents and even personalized Christmas stockings
full of fun to adults and children who will be spending the holiday in the hospital.
The best gifts are personalized with names or are heart-touching like music boxes and cards;
but for patients even the smallest of things can be quite uplifting when they are away from
family, homes and longtime traditions.
There are many organizations you can donate gifts or money to which will help the nursing
and medical communities lift up the spirits of our patients such as:
To find out how to donate to your local hospital, simply go to the hospitals main
website and search "how to donate" or contact them by phone. All hospitals have
some kind of holiday programs and they are always looking for help.
As a nurse at Christmas, I feel privileged to be here with the patients during the
holidays. I try to decorate the halls and often hum while doing rounds. It is my
gift to work during the holidays and provide patients with stories and listen to
the patient's stories of Christmas traditions. To hear about family gatherings,
special personal gifts or funny events of people's lives is something I cherish.
Being a nurse at Christmas is special.