Ask a Travel Nurse: What should I do if I need one of the holiday shifts off to spend with my family and friends?
Last week we discussed making some extra money over the Holiday season by working on the “Big Three” (Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years). However, what should you do if you need any of these shifts off to spend with family and friends?
Since we work in a profession that requires staffing 24/7, we need to be flexible when it comes to holiday shifts. Unless you work per diem or agency, there is little chance that you would be able to escape working at least one or two of the aforementioned holiday shifts. It is then necessary to decide which one shift would be the most important for you to have off.
Where I currently work, we had holiday shifts and “hard to staff” shifts (day of Christmas Eve, day after Thanksgiving, day before New Years). We were required to sign up for at least one holiday shift and two “hard to staff” shifts. Since I usually travel home to spend Christmas with my family, I signed up for two holiday shifts and one “hard to staff” shift to insure that I would be able to have Christmas off. I worked Thanksgiving and will be working New Year’s Eve. However, this enabled me to have seven days off in a row with Christmas in the middle (not a bad trade off in my mind).
Many places I have worked will schedule a full three months in advance during this time of year so that everyone will know for which Holiday shifts they will be responsible.
Next week, we’ll take a look at a few additional ways to help insure that you are off for the Holiday shifts that are important to you.