Working in the ER on holidays

As I prepare to go into work for another string of night shifts, I become aware that this is just another holiday that I will be working. It’s the Fourth of July, not a major holiday as is designated by any scheduler, so no credit will be given to those of us who work today. Some previous employers have given extra pay for said days, as little as $200 to as much a $1,000 for working such shifts. My current employer offers none, no enticement to spend the day away from family while caring for others. Many people work on such holidays, from gas stations to grocery stores, so why should we in health care feel entitled to have such days off? If anything, we should feel privileged to take ca...

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