10 Happy Holiday Tips in The Workplace for APRN or PA.
By Karen Milovcich RN,BSN, MSN,CRNP, CRNA
Editor Elizabeth Moran, MSN, RN, CPNP-PC
Winter holidays bring an atmosphere of fun and cheer into the workplace for all, including Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants. They also can present some challenging work-related situations. Here are some helpful tips to make the holidays flow smoothly.
10 Happy Holiday Tips
- Be considerate of holiday time off. Unlike other fields, health care cannot hit pause—hospitals and clinics need to be staffed. Try to keep a log of your previous holiday requests. A coworker who worked last year may very much appreciate the time off this year. Also be cognizant of the time before and after major holidays, such as the Friday after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and New Year’s Eve.
- There is a diversity of winter holidays. Wishing “happy holidays” is sure to include everyone and avoid offending a patient or fellow coworker.
- Giving to a charity can feel very rewarding to all. Consider taking a poll of your coworkers to find out their favorite charities. Then, cohesively pick one out together!
- Accept invitations to holiday events and parties sponsored by your organization or community. They provide an enjoyable, stress-free way to bond and network with your colleagues.
- Though we encourage you to attend work events, limiting alcohol at any work-related event is best practice. You always want to present your best-self and alcohol can derail your professionalism and ruin your reputation.
- If involved with the planning of an event, take a poll of food preferences. Or, consider a pot-luck style where everyone brings something.
- Keep in mind that holidays can bring out feelings of anxiety and depression in patients and co-workers that are going through difficult times or experiencing the holidays without a loved one. Reaching out to them with empathy and kindness can help validate their feelings and show your support.
- Decorate with diversity. This thoughtfulness is appreciated and exhibits consideration for all.
- Take care of yourself. Rest up to balance work and the holidays.
- Enjoy it!. Holidays present a unique time to celebrate. As NPs and PAs, we are in the position to lead with holiday cheer for both our colleagues and our patients.
Karen is a certified registered nurse anesthetist and a certified registered nurse practitioner. She has worked as an Advanced Pediatric Nurse Practitioner for more than 20 years.