Published on November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

It’s time to give Thanks for all we are grateful for this year! I am truly blessed with an incredible, growing family, great friends, and a career I love.

I was hoping to head back to Nebraska this year, but Ryan has to work Thanksgiving morning. We will be with our family in spirit! I know Ryan isn’t the only one that has to work on Thanksgiving. Stores are opening earlier, and “Black Friday” now begins on “Black Thursday”. There seems to be two groups of people. Those who participate in marathon shopping to get the best deal, and those who don’t want to get in the middle of the crowds and the lines. I’ve participated in the madness as both a consumer and an employee, and loved it both ways! This year, I will be skipping the lines and browsing via the world wide web.

There are other industries that also work holidays, that often go overlooked. One in particular is healthcare. I worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant as my first job at the Tekamah Health and Rehab Center, now known as the Golden Living Center. I remember working the evening shift on most Thanksgivings, Christmas Eve’s, Easter, and Fourth of July’s. I don’t recall minding going in to work. It was usually fun celebrating with the residents, having a special meal, and seeing all the families that came to visit their loved ones. Our jobs have a purpose. We cared for residents that needed us. We worked in their home. Today, my Grandma Shamburg is a resident of the same nursing home. I am very thankful for the staff that will be working that day to care for her, some of them being staff I worked with back in my clinical days.

I now work in Human Resources at Mary Greeley Medical Center. We’re an outstanding hospital with a patient-centered care focus. Many of the offices will be closed, as they do not provide patient care. But there will be nurses, doctors, guest services and dietary workers, just to name a few, spending their holiday caring for our patients. They will plan their family holiday around work, not work around the holidays.

Ryan and Baby Tessa

Ryan and baby Tessa

Tessa was born by C-section on Thanksgiving Day in 2012 at Mary Greeley. I remember going into the operating room and apologizing to the staff for making them work on a holiday! They all laughed and said, “We’d be here anyway! It’s our job!” They were a fun group who took excellent care of us, and we were very grateful they were there for us that day. Our staff is dedicated, and know that choosing a healthcare career means you will work sometimes during the not ideal shifts such as nights, holidays and weekends.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, whether you celebrate on the 26th, or a different day of the week. If you will be working during the holiday, I thank you for your dedication!

About the Author

Mindy WendtMindy Wendt is a mom of twin girls who were born in April 2016! She and her husband Ryan also have two daughters, Taylor (15) and Tessa (4).

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