The holidays are a time to spend with family and loved ones; however, not everyone gets to spend holidays with their families. This includes directors of nursing, nursing staff, physicians, and sick patients. For all of these people, the holidays can be a sad time instead of one to rejoice!
The top five reasons patients come to the hospital during the holiday seasons include overeating (yes, it is a thing), flu, burns and cuts, domestic violence, and food poisoning. While there are other reasons, these are the most common, and some patients who have been at the hospital long-term cannot leave before the holidays as well.
It is important for everyone to be as happy as can be during the holiday season. This is because it is a time to be appreciative of your family, loved ones, and life overall. It can be hard to know you’ll miss out on the festivities, or make everyone work around your schedule, but you can’t always help it!
Here are some tips for directors of nursing to keep staff happy during the holidays:
Once the staff is happy and everyone can agree to their schedules and days off; it is now time to make sure all the long-term patients are happy as well. The long-term patients are most likely feeling a number of different feelings and it is important to know they are not a burden.
While not everyone is lucky enough to be home for the holidays, it doesn’t mean it has to be miserable. One of the most important things is for the Director of Nursing to communication with their nursing staff about concerns and scheduling. This could help tremendously. A nurse can affect their patient’s mental state more than they know!
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