1. alright friends, I am about to start the work week to end all work weeks and the year 2002
    I'm working fri-sat-sun-mon-tues off on christmas (how nice of them!) work thurs fri then off for eight glorious days! anyhow... point is, I need to
    make these shifts tolerable and nice for everyone ,including myself (for sanity's sake!), so I was thinking of ways to lighten the mood, and well FESTIFY the place ....I was going to construct a lil christmas tree out of urine hats and bedpans but figured some might not see the humour in that one, so instead ive decided to bring in some stuff and make stockings for my co workers out of , TEDS stockings , if they can get their arms in those tight puppies then they deserve the candy and whatnot!
    any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated...
    I was thinking of slipping some of the patients some eggnog thru their feeding tubes but well thats just wrong! haha
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  3. by   ShandyLynnRN
    EWWW, Wendy I feel for ya!!! What a lousy schedule! I hope you enjoy your 8 days off after the holidays! Have fun "festifying" the workplace! I hope that I get to work with festive ppl this week too!
  4. by   LasVegasRN
    Rub all the patients with the lotion with sparkles?
  5. by   hapeewendy
    yeah and then knowing my luck they will all breakout in some rash because of said sparkles..but yes I think I might do that, mind you I kinda like being the nicest smelling person around,selfish wendles

    becaues I'm working so much this week , I'm gonna pick up something small for each of my patients, not gonna mention an iota of a word of it to anyone I'm working with , some people are so weird, I brought this lotion *sans sparkles* to work and used it on patients and one nurse was like "oh you must own stock in the body shop and get it for free, i would never spend money on that kind of thing for patients"
    shes a mean one mr grinch! haha
  6. by   shygirl
    Originally posted by LasVegasRN
    Rub all the patients with the lotion with sparkles?
    :roll :chuckle :chuckle
  7. by   2ndCareerRN
    I am right there with you Wendy.

    I start my stretch of 6 12's tonight. I work through christmas night then get my 8 days off.

    hope you get through yours allright.

  8. by   hapeewendy
    I feel your pain bob (grinchy!)
    at least we will bring some joy to the people we are taking care of, yeah thats my hokey christmas theory...I'm gonna be so tired I just know it!

    I like your quote about slinkies btw - I'm working with a couple this weekend! haha
  9. by   renerian
    Shygirl I love it..............................from YOUVE GOT MAIL! The lotion hahahah Vegas!

    Really tickled now LOL.

  10. by   Jenny P
    Wendy, sorry you have such a hideous stretch ahead (I also feel bad for you, Bob). The thing that used to get me through holidays was to remember that I got to go home after my shift; but the patients were stuck there. It is hard to work such a long stretch over the holidays, though, and we always have tried to make it less painful for everyone.

    Some of my co-workers wear the funny antlers or Santa hats, and my DH used to make some special treats for the staff (such as Grasshopper pie, napoleons, cream puffs, Waldorf cake, or special cookies when we were first married; more recently it has been easy treats like almond bark poured over raw cranberries {kind of like peanut brittle treats} or pretzels dipped in almond bark or chocolate-- things that didn't take much energy). We do decorate our main desk area and put up all sorts of safe decorations along our hallways, the local churches and schools have choirs that come in and sing on the different units (yes, even the ICUs), and everyone tries to make it as pleasant as possible.

    I never thought of using special lotion on some of the patients (probably because of the fragrance issues many people have), but we did get peppermint oil and use it liberally at times (it covers up "other" odors). Maybe you should put the sparkles all over yourself and be the Christmas or SugarPlum Fairy for your patients!
  11. by   l.rae
    when l saw the tital of the thread, 'festify', l thought it was a mix of testify and confess.....in other words, l thought it was a true confession thread...LOL....do what one of my co-workers does, she takes a fart machine to work, it has a remote controle, and it is hilarious!...l could never pull it off, but she gets the families and patients involved. When the rookie residents go into see the patient in the ER, they get treated to a symphony of farts. You should see them trying to get thru the medical history and ingore the farts...lol...it's a scream...ok,it's not very festive, unless you can maybe fart jingle bells with it, but you won't get bored. do they have these in Canada?.............LR
  12. by   adrienurse
    There there Wendy. I had a stretch from hell through Christmas last year so I can empathize. Lucky for me, Christmas falls on my short work week this year.

    I did the most selfish, most enjoyable thing yesterday. I'm blushing. I was orientating a new grad nurse the last 2 days and she was very very quick at getting the routine down. So I just supervized yesterday and had a completely stress-free day! Yay! She did all my meds and treatments and I did all the things I enjoy doing. Did coffee with the residents, dressed people up pretty, did nails..........
  13. by   WalMart_ADN
    my workplace is completely festified ( i love peds!!) we have a big ole christmas tree, glittery snowflakes hanging from the ceiling, all the nurses decorated their own snowman and they are hanging on the desk, people have been wearing some of the best things, one nurse, she's a nut, has light up reindeer antlers she's been wearing, i have some great holiday scrub tops, as do most of the other nurses. it's been truly enjoyable going to work the past couple days (not to mention the continous christmas music on the radio at the desk)
  14. by   rebelwaclause
    Hahahaha....Wendy...You're so cute!