Medical Assistant’s guide to working on the holidays

Medical Assistant’s guide to working on the holidays

If you’re a Medical Assistant, Certified Nursing Assistant, Nurse, or other healthcare professional, there’s a good chance you’ll have to work on a holiday at some point. If you do, it’s easy to feel like you’re missing out on a major family or social event. It can be hard, but it’s essential. When you have to work on a holiday, this is how you can get through it.

Remember that you’re invaluable

If you work in healthcare, you work in an industry that people need every day, every hour, no matter what. The fact is, people need healthcare regardless of what the calendar says. Sickness doesn’t take a holiday. Heart attacks don’t care whether it’s Thanksgiving or a random Thursday. Cancer needs treating even on Christmas. Babies are born on New Year’s Eve, Halloween, and the Fourth of July.

Healthcare deals with life, death, birth, healing, and things that are often bigger than us. Nurses and Medical Assistants deal with all of it. The families who need to be in the hospital on Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year’s Eve will remember it for the rest of their lives. They’ll talk about the Halloween when they had a broken arm or the Easter when their child was born. You’ll be there not just on a holiday, but on a holiday that was impactful on them. One they’ll always remember.

There are benefits to working holidays

There are some very good things about working in healthcare on a holiday. It’s very possible things will be a little quieter than they normally would be. Patients who can will probably elect to stay at home with their families. What’s more, if your workplace first asks staff to volunteer to work on holidays before assigning days, then saying yes to a holiday shift could be a good way to increase your standing with your co-workers. Other healthcare professionals on staff will be glad you’re working and allowing them to stay home, and supervisors will be glad just to have that time covered. Your boss will also recognize you as a team player which will go a long way. Working on a holiday can also provide a chance for staff to bond. You’ll feel a sense of togetherness with other employees who are putting in time. 

Lastly, there’s also the chance to make some overtime, and when you do clock out, there’s always the chance to celebrate later. You might have missed the calendar day, but the holidays are what we make them. If you have to celebrate with loved ones a day later, that’s just as real as doing it the day of.

Are you ready to start your medical assisting career no matter what the calendar says? Contact the Allen School today! We are enrolling now for our winter classes and cannot wait for you to become part of the Allen School of Health Sciences family. Visit to learn more.

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