Halloween at the hospital

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Halloween is coming up, and I am spending my first holiday working. Okay, so Halloween isn’t a full blown holiday, but I have a big family that I like to celebrate with, cousins I like to take trick-or-treating, and this time I’m going to be working the day away instead. Getting a taste for what it’s like to work the holidays, and hoping it tastes as sweet as Halloween candy!

Knowing the floor I work on, it will taste like candy – and lots of it. While I am a bit bummed that I’m missing our church’s Halloween waffle brunch, I’m actually looking forward to working. It’s not only that I really enjoy my co-workers and my job, but you know, these KIDS are in the hospital on Halloween. I get to go home at 7:30, but they’re stuck. At least when I am at work, I can make their Halloween a bit more silly, and a lot more fun than ‘just another day’ at the hospital. While it’s not the best of circumstances for our patients, I love my job (and nursing) because on days like Halloween (and every other day of the year) we can do what we can to make them smile just a bit more, and hope that we can bring some fun into their not-so-fun circumstances.

Plus I get to dress up! How exciting is that? I think there’s even a costume contest throughout the hospital too! So, I am trying to decide what I want to be. It’s got to be something that I can still move around in comfortably, that’s appropriate for work (OBVIOUSLY!), and …something new to consider… it has to be something I can cover easily when going in and out of isolation rooms. I don’t want a trailing skirt to carry around pneumonia particles! So the thinking cap is on – any ideas? I have a feeling it’s going to be a Halloween unlike any other – and I can’t wait!

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Ani Burr, RN

I'm a brand new, full-fledged, fresh-out-of-school RN! And better yet, I landed the job of my dreams working with children. I love what I do, and while everyday on the job is a new (and sometimes scary) experience, I'm taking it all in - absorbing everything I can about this amazing profession we all fell in love with.

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4 Responses to Halloween at the hospital

  1. Karen Sarfine

    I am a nursing supervisor at two Family Practice /Pediatric clinics and we celebrate Halloween with all staff including physicians by dressing up and having a covered dish lunch. The children and elderly love the costumes, we also hand out goodies to the children. Our one nurse loves this holiday and she is the one that make sure this day is filled with fun and costumes. If you don’t have one she will supply a costume to you.

  2. Your name

    I work in a Critical Care unit, It would be hard to dress up very much but the spirit will be there

  3. Sara

    I am wearing my graduation uniform! The uniform white dress (with leggings under!) my cap, white pantyhose and white shoes. It’s been under a layer of dust for years, and it’ll give my residents a kick to see the old school nurse!

  4. Charlene

    Dressing up for holidays helps orientate patients to the time of year also. When I worked in a nursing home the residents seemed to really appreciate it. I wore fun socks all the time that theyalways would ask to see. But around the holidays I would bring in lap robes with the season or holiday for some and buttons covers for one patient who liked them and always wore button up tops.
    I worked one fourth of July and was feeling sorry for myself on missing out on the fireworks until I went into a fairly new patients room. She was deaf and blind and kept current on everything. We spelled the letters in her hand and she would know immediately what we were starting to say. Anyway, when I took her medication in she asked me if I could hear the fireworks. She said that she enjoyed watching them until her eyesight was gone. then for a few years she could still hear enough to hear them. She said she’d been trying real hard and couldn’t hear anything for the last year or so. That was humbling. I stayed and talked to her for awhile and told her about all the stuff going on.