Can you believe that Thanksgiving is already next week? Then one month later we’re talking Christmas! My how the time flies as you get older, but as I do get older one thing remains the same as was when I was a kid and that is that I really look forward to these holidays (and some time off!). Everyone is usually happy and in an upbeat mood. You have friends and family coming in from out of town that you haven’t seen in awhile or perhaps you’re the one traveling to see them.
Yes, the holidays are a great time to reconnect with friends old and new and a wonderful opportunity to catch up with the family. Times like these are not to be taken for granted and we should be very thankful that we get these chances… But what if you’re one of the “unlucky” ones who has to work or is away from home? What can you do to make this time as memorable as if you were with you loved ones?
So you’re on a new travel nursing assignment, 2000 miles away from home. You have Thanksgiving off but you have to work the next day and there is no way possible for you to make it home to spend time with your family. Okay, well just because you won’t be home to have any of your mom’s famous green bean casserole doesn’t mean it won’t be something you can look back on one day and say, “That was a great time!” So what can you do to make your Thanksgiving something to be thankful for? This is a great chance for you to really get to know your fellow coworkers and you can do so by proposing to have a potluck dinner at your place. Have all those bring a dish and you can provide the bird. Whatever works.
Another way in which you can spend your time over this holiday while out on a traveling nurse assignment is by volunteering your precious time. You obviously have been blessed with gifts in which you are able to provide for yourself and if you have one, your family. As we all know, there are many who are not as fortunate as you and I and what better way to give back and be thankful at the same time? You can help out at a local open door mission and serve dinner, set-up a food drive for the local food bank and so much more – all it takes is a couple hours out of your day. There are a number of sites that can point you to volunteering opportunities all over the country like VolunteerMatch, Serve and The American Red Cross. So no matter where you land with your next travel nursing job, there will always be someone or some organization in need.
We have much to be thankful for in our lives and what better way to express that by giving back? I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving! If you are lucky enough to be headed home, safe travels, and to those of you who are stuck… Remember, you’re alive, you have your health, love; you have much to be thankful for.