What do all nurses want for this holiday season? We asked the nursing community on Facebook and reddit and we discovered that yes, it’s not necessarily a pair of scrubs. Here are their answers:
Better staffing and better nursing jobs
Top of the list are these answers that we think go hand-in-hand:
“A job. Going 2 months strong being unemployed (currently living the dream of being a stay at home wife). When I was working: Adequate staffing.” – mogris, from reddit
“I second the ‘adequate staffing’. I'm a little worried that my Christmas night will be crushingly busy.” – CrossP, from reddit
“I'm in the same unemployment boat as you. It is not a fun ride. I just want to be someone's nurse again.” – OkieDokieArtichokee, from reddit
“Better nurse to patient ratio!” – Lisa B., from Facebook
“Low census and adequate staffing” – nocturnalnurse, from reddit
When hospitals and other healthcare facilities don’t want to hire more nurses, then obviously there are fewer nursing jobs created. Meanwhile, the existing staff will have to bear a heavier workload.
The right to die with dignity
“Legalized euthanasia.” – Vilalintine, from reddit
After all, death shouldn’t be something to be afraid of. Controversial as this may sound, sometimes it is the better option for the patient.
The company of family and friends, at home or even at work
All nurses want for Christmas is “to spend it with their families.” – Leslie C., from Facebook
“To not be pulled to another unit. I'm already away from my home family, don't take me away from my work family too!” – FunkeeBananas, from reddit
“Word. Worst Christmas ever involved me and another nurse getting pulled to another unit, that nurse crying, my pod mate being a total bitch, and my two being patients sad, sad trainwrecks. Ugh.” – abermanlebt, from reddit
Who doesn’t want to feel at home this Christmas, even at work?
The ability to not get tired
“Feet that don't hurt after 12hrs.” –Hottiemcgee, from reddit
A break during their shift or sometimes a break from nursing itself.
“A break…” – Nancy G., from Facebook
“Nonnursey gifts. ;) seriously, get me a new game or help with the gaming PC I'm building and I will love you forever. Or blankets. My husband keeps this apartment freezing! Same there's only do many layers and blankets I can cover up in before it impedes my gaming.” – thackworth, from reddit
“Steam gift cards and a matched pair of GeForce GTX 980s. ...or is that just me?” – auraseer, from reddit
Everyone does need a break from nursing once in a while—and that break takes different forms. For some of our nurses, it’s a day of playing their favorite video games. So before you go shopping to get some gifts for nurses, you may want to consider this fact. (Hint: if your nurse friends aren’t gamers, a day of pampering is always nice.)
And of course, all nurses want the best for their patient.
“For the NICU babies to go home with their family.” – kitty-cat-meow, from reddit
“An empty waiting room.” – A_guy_in_scrubs, from reddit
No patients means no one’s sick, and hence, no problem!
We’ll end this post with a Christmas carol from rninnj, posted on reddit:
12 filled meds from pharmacy
11 family members leaving
10 toes on a diabetic
9 days off
8 beds ready, no new admissions
7 cups of coffee
6 smiling patients
5 sleeping patients
4 extra staff members
3 patent lines
2 uninterrupted breaks
1 partridge in a pear tree
Wishing all nurses a happy holiday season!