If you could have anything you wanted for Christmas, what would you ask for? That's a question we asked our community of nurses on Facebook and Twitter and you may be surprised at some of the responses we received. The answers we received were not your typical "new stethoscope," but instead the answers were a little less material and a lot more practical. Here's what our community of nurses said:
"I would like to see more nurses being hired for adequate staffing, less work load on everyone and a low census." - Dana Paul
'I would just like a job. Nothing fancy, just a job. I have been looking for a position in med-surg since I graduated from nursing school, but I have had no luck. It's very disheartening. But, I guess I will just keep searching. I keep getting offers from nursing homes, but I really don't want to work in a nursing home." -Tracy Scott
"Tired of staffing issues in my facility. I really wish they would work on hiring more nurses for our floor That would really make my Christmas great! Kelly Stephenson
"last year I wished for a liver transplant for a palliative patient and it happened and is doing so well now! this year I am more selfish and wanting something closer to home; a professional picture of my whole family. There is just seven of us but it would mean the world to me." Randi Laaback Kelley
"I want rest, uninterrupted long sleep." Sissy Jumper
"I would love the gift of respect. I would like to see more respect for the nursing profession as a whole, by physicians, patients and family members. I often feel like I am a maid to others and it shouldn't be that way. Nurses are highly educated professionals and people really need to recognize this and give us the respect we have earned and deserve." -Brooke Curts
"I would like to have more time off to spend with my family and friends during the holidays. I work in surgery and everyone swarms our surgery center before the end of the year, because they have met their yearly deductible and need to get their surgery before the end of the year. This leaves surgical nurses with very little time off. Ah, the life of a surgical nurse." Tonya Bell
May favorite answer of all was this one and I am sure you'll all agree "Cure for cancer." Trisha Decker Kitchens
With these answers it is pretty evident that nurses are tired and need some time off for relaxation, time with family and friends and even sleep!
Well, we shall end this post with a great "Night Before Christmas" poem for nurses, by Scrubs Mag
‘Twas the night before Christmas and night in the ward
I glanced at the names that graced the white board.
The charts were all piled on the desk without care
In the hopes I’d have time to see what was there.
The patients were restless, moving about in their beds
While call bells went off, causing pain in my head.
Charge nurse in scrubs, I with my lab coat
Waited for the effects of our latest coffee jolt.
When way down the hall, there arose such a clatter!
We ran from the office to see what was the matter.
Away down the hall, I flew like a flash
Clipped my knee on a wheelchair, my teeth I did gnash.
The light in the hall, turned low for the night
Showed me a scene that gave me a fright.
Because what to my fearful eyes should appear
A lonely walking patient, coming ever so near.
The patient stumbled forward, an IV in his hand
Trailing behind, a catheter bag, a train so grand.
Now Nurse! Now Doctor! Now anyone here!
Come on anybody, I want me some beer!
Along he went to the top of the hall,
My colleague and I were afraid he would fall!
By his side I did go, to help calm him down
He greeted my presence with an obvious frown
He called for a chair and then again for a beer
We quietly told him, “Sorry, we don’t serve that here.”
And then, in a twinkling, I heard in a room
A lady calling, she needs a broom!
A crash we then heard, the patient came to the door
Come, see what’s a mess, see on the floor!
I left the beer drinker to go have a peek
The sight on the floor made me send out a shriek.
I went to the phone: “Get me housekeeping, please!
I need your help now, I’m starting to wheeze!”
The patient was moved to a room that was clean
I thought of the patients I hadn’t yet seen.
The patients got settled, the call bells stopped beeping
Midnight was coming, we felt the time creeping.
IVs we did check and vital signs we did take
Wondering if this Christmas, we’d both get a break.
Back down to the desk, we had paperwork to do
Looked at the clock, still plenty of night to get through.
We went through chart after chart, the orders we checked
When the call bells went off, down the hallway we trekked!
Midnight was coming, Christmas Eve would soon end
We wondered if admin would mind if some rules we would bend
For the holiday season is the time for some fun
As long as our patient work was all done!
We went back to the desk, just for a moment or two
When we found treats on the desk—from where and from who?
The treats, they were good and touching to get
But from where they arrived, we hadn’t found yet.
We heard sounds of someone running out of sight
And heard very clearly, “Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!”
MERRY CHRISTMAS NURSES!