The Christmas season is one of the best times of the year to celebrate, share gifts and give happiness. Even if you’re at work, you still need to find ways to spread cheer, especially to your patients who might be feeling disheartened about being stuck at the hospital.
1. The Christmas Tree
There’s no celebrating Christmas without setting up a traditional Christmas tree. Unfortunately, putting up a real one isn’t only time-consuming, but it can also take a lot of space. Instead of stressing yourself out, you can gather some (unused) gloves and assemble them as for how you would do a Christmas tree.
Take, for example, these three trees:
Or you can make it more elaborate by blowing up the gloves and trying out these designs:
If you don’t feel like wasting your precious gloves, you can use empty vial caps to create miniature Christmas trees like the one below. You can create several pieces of it and display them on your station.
2. The Christmas Decors
To make your floor more festive, you shouldn’t miss setting up creative holiday decors. You can re-purpose empty prescription bottles into wonderful Christmas lights you can set along the hallway.
Or turn a spare bedpan into a cute reindeer (make sure it wasn’t used beforehand!).
If you’re in a cardiac unit or the cath lab, why not show some love by setting up some ECG readings on your wall?
3. The Christmas Ornaments
Forget the shiny and sparkly Christmas balls and choose a DIY Christmas ornaments made out of vial caps instead. They’re inexpensive and readily available- just wait for your medication nurse to finish her tasks, and you’ll have enough materials to work with.
If you’re feeling extra creative, you can recreate these blown glass ornaments and fill them with anything nurse-y!
4. The Christmas Wreath
The Christmas wreath is a symbol of everlasting life. Make your station’s wreath a lot more meaningful by adding your own personal touch– or your station’s extra items.
Or literally, any spare items you can find. Be creative!
5. The Christmas Gifts
Who could forget about the Christmas gifts? Being stuck in the hospital for the holidays doesn’t mean you have to miss out the gift-giving tradition.
For your patients, why not try out this idea? It won’t only prevent the spread of harmful bacteria, but it can also make them extra healthy and cheerful. Just don’t forget to include a personalized tag and a warm greeting!
Don’t forget your co-nurses spending the holiday at work with you. Give them enough reasons to keep smiling this season by sending some chill pills their way or a personalized stocking like the one below:
6. More Nursing Christmas Ideas!
Don’t stop there! Here are some more ideas:
How about being festive and informative at the same time? Perfect for school nurses!
For ER nurses, here’s a great one:
And don’t forget to add a little humor:
How do you prepare for Christmas when you’re at work? What decorations do you set up for the holidays?