Nurses Christmas all through the hall is not always quiet

by Angela Brooks

Nurses Christmas all through the hall is not always quiet

Tis the season that a nurse will work another long shift on the holiday. In any place you work you want to have the holidays off to be with your own family. The down size to health care is that sick people do not get well and go home or call a time out for holidays. I am sure they would like to have a day's rest from being sick as well as we would our jobs.

Trying to work – spend time with family and dart off to work becomes a challenge to keep your spirit up.
It may be all quiet through the house but a small hallway of 10-15 people can keep one nurse on her toes for 12 hours. The holiday season that has meant so much to so many people around me, have fun filled activities of baking and parties , was something I was not able to have as an annual event. Most years I was too worried about how would I be able to spend more than an hour for Christmas with my family, sleep, and get to work on time.

The personal sacrifices that each nurse's gives up for their job will make them stop and question if this career is worth it.

As I spent time reflecting over the years that I have missed – and so many of my family that has passed on that I barely remember the big Christmas tree events. My focus on Christmas always centered around how long I could sleep once I got off a 13 hour night shift – before I had to get up and get ready for family time. I remember Christmas by how bad I felt and exhaustion setting in until I would give in and leave early for sleep.

This time of the year is supposed to be a time of joy, celebration and memories. Instead we nurses are ruminating over what shift we are working, who’s covering, who’s off, and what’s the staffing.

Becoming a nursepreneaur has opened new doors for me in preparing to replace those empty holidays with quality time with my family. Many years or hours I sacrificed away from my family and losing time that I cannot get back, learning how to become a online nursepreneaur has given me a goal that I can see. I can also see a day where I will not be absent from the holiday table.

I am very passionate about helping people – the essential oils has taken my nursing to the next level of helping someone.

If you have missed one too many Christmas, New Years, Valentines, St Peters day, 4th of July – I invite you to join me changing how that next year ends. Click on this link and let me share with you how I am helping other nurses become that nursepreneaur without leaving their full time job, like I did. Click Here to to write your own schedules and holiday time.

Angela Brooks is a mental health nurse educator who spent the last 22 years working in a state funded mental hospital. In 'A Nurses Story', she shares not only what her patients have taught her over the years, but what we can all learn from those we consider 'at the  margins of society'. But it's also a book about nursing, about nurses, and about how a nurse healed alongside her patients. Ultimately, "A Nurses Story" exposes a raw truth – that each of us, individually, can inspire self-worth and purpose in every life we touch, if only we choose to.

What are nurses really thinking? What causes them to be frustrated and want to quit nursing even when they love taking care of people? What makes nurses stay, even when it feels like everything is against them?  In 'A Nurses Story', you'll discover the answer.  

The words in this book give voice to the millions of men and women who care for us and our loved ones every day in our most vulnerable times.  ‘A Nurses Story’ is their story.

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Angela Brooks is a retired nurse after 25 years in mental health. She used her lunch breaks to build her business part time on the night shift. Her car became a mobile university as she listened to business training, coaching calls on CD and phone webinars. She blogged while she was at her sons' baseball practices.

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