12 Hours of Nursing (Shift) Christmas

You have likely heard the infamous Christmas carol, The Twelve Days of Christmas. The carol tells of a lover’s increasingly grand Christmas gifts to his/her true love. But what of our “nursing” Christmas, for those of us working the holidays? The gifts we receive are vastly different: overflowing bedpans, multiple IV drips, confused patients, etc. So, here is a compiled list of the best nursing Christmas gifts, in a Christmas carol!

“On the first hour of nursing, my charge nurse gave to me…”
A bedpan overflowing with pee!

“On the second hour of nursing, my charge nurse gave to me…”
Two pressure cuffs, and a bedpan overflowing with pee!

“On the third hour of nursing, my charge nurse gave to me…”
Three naked men, two pressure cuffs and a bedpan overflowing with pee!

“On the fourth hour of nursing, my charge nurse gave to me…”
Four calling bells, three naked men, two pressure cuffs and bedpan overflowing with pee!

“On the fifth hour of nursing, my charge nurse gave to me…”
Five contact rooms! Four calling bells, three naked men, two pressure cuffs, and a bedpan overflowing with pee!

“On the sixth hour of nursing, my charge nurse gave to me…”
Six nurse’s aching, five contact rooms! Four calling bells, three naked men, two pressure cuffs, and a bedpan overflowing with pee!

“On the seventh hour of nursing, my charge nurse gave to me…”
Seven phones-a-ringing, six nurse’s aching, five contact rooms! Four calling bells, three naked men, two pressure cuffs, and a bedpan overflowing with pee!

“On the eighth hour of nursing, my charge nurse gave to me…”
Eight Foley’s filling, seven phone’s a-ringing, six nurses aching, five contact rooms! Four calling bells, three naked men, two pressure cuffs, and a bedpan overflowing with pee!

“On the ninth hour of nursing, my charge nurse gave to me…”
Nine IVs hanging, eight Foley’s filling, seven phones-a-ringing, six nurses aching, five contact rooms! Four calling bells, three naked men, two pressure cuffs and a bedpan overflowing with pee!

“On the tenth hour of nursing, my charge nurse gave to me…”
Ten patients bleeding, nine IVs hanging, eight Foley’s filling, seven phones-a-ringing, six nurses aching, five contact rooms! Four calling bells, three naked men, two pressure cuffs and a bedpan overflowing with pee!

“On the eleventh hour of nursing, my charge nurse gave to me…”
Eleven patients whining, ten patients bleeding, nine IVs hanging, eight Foley’s filling, seven phones-a-ringing, six nurses aching, five contact rooms! Four calling bells, three naked men, two pressure cuffs and a bedpan overflowing with pee!

“On the twelfth hour of nursing, my charge nurse gave to me…”
Twelve fall bells buzzing, eleven patients whining, ten patients bleeding, nine IVs hanging, eight Foley’s filling, seven phones-a-ringing, six nurses aching, five contact rooms! Four calling bells, three naked men, two pressure cuffs and a bedpan overflowing with pee!

Even though you may be working the holidays, put a smile on and find the humor in little things. We will get through another Christmas together! Happy Holidays, nurses!

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