Nurses work over Christmas, despite the holiday

5 months 3 weeks 3 days ago Tuesday, December 25 2018 Dec 25, 2018 Tuesday, December 25, 2018 6:31:00 PM CST December 25, 2018 in News
By: Natalie Rice, KOMU 8 Reporter
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COLUMBIA - While most of the country gets Christmas off, there is one group of people who don’t: doctors and nurses.

Around this time of the year, hospital visits spike, mostly due to the increase of accidents.

According to the CDC, December and January are also the two deadliest months for heart disease.

The healthcare sector can’t just take a day off for Christmas like the rest of those celebrating the holiday.

Regardless, medical professionals try to make the most of their situation, even though it can be hard dealing with patients who are sick while also giving up time with loved ones.  

Jennifer Baggett, a registered nurse at the ICU at the Boone County hospital, says she’s worked Christmas every other year for the past 23 years.

‘“It’s just another day for us,” she said.

“All of us nurses treat [our patients] as if they’re family, our own family, and offer them the tenderness and love that they deserve and need; they don’t want to be here on the holiday,” Baggett said.

Baggett and her co workers have learned to celebrate Christmas on other days, and said they are glad their families are accepting of their situation.

“Thank God our families and our children are very supportive; that's all they’ve ever known,” said Baggett.  

At the end of the day, healthcare teams said it's always rewarding to see patients receive care. 

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