Question for our Canadian nurse friends

  1. I have seen a few of you reference "holiday time" recently. Is that just vacation, or is there some national thing up there I'm not aware of? (Forgive my ignorance of our neighbors so near!)
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  3. by   pebbles
    Hmmm. I live in manitoba. We get "vacation" time - how much you get depends on your seniority, how long you've been working at the facility. Some people will call their vacations "holidays" too - it is confusing.

    We also get "holiday" time - days off in lieu of the Statutory holidays. (Christmas, Thanksgiving, Victoria day, Labour day, to name a few.) The law says that if you aren't given the statutory holiday as a day off (as in, not just one of your regular days off), you get a day off some other time in lieu of that. I think this is to make things fairer between shift workers and the monday to friday crowd who always get the long weekends off!

    (If you are lucky enough to be working on a holiday day, you get paid time and a half as well as getting another day off later on in your schedule.... )
  4. by   Nurse Ratched
    Thanks for clearing that up, Pebbles . Neat system with the holidays!
  5. by   adrienurse
    I use the terms interchangeably -- I'm probably the one who's gotten you all confused.
  6. by   Nurse Ratched
    Not at all Adrie . I had just seen several people talk about their upcoming holidays, and it was starting to sound like all the hospitals/health care facilities in Canada shut down for a week or two at the end of summer lol.
  7. by   pebbles
    Well, we DO have a lot of closed beds, because of summer vacations - both nurses and doctors as well as other staff. Amazing that the system can do that - I didn't think we kept people in the hospital unless they absolutley HAD to be, but it does happen.....
  8. by   Nurse Ratched
    Does seem a little weird, doesn't it Pebbles? Same thing happens on my unit when our usual doc is off - suddenly our census drops. Do people KNOW he's gone, or is it that the other docs have more stringent admission criteria? With us in the summer our census drops because a certain percentage of our frequent flyers happen to be homeless as well, and the warmer weather means they don't have to have an inside bed for the night when the shelter is full.

    I do know that a lot of people will put off "elective" stuff - surgeries and such - until the weather is less nice - why waste your vacation time lying in a hospital bed? October/November is very busy for surgeries; people want to get them done before their deductible rolls over but not in the middle of the Christmas holidays.

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