Christmas is a very chaotic time of year … trying to attend Christmas programs, concerts, and parties; trying to find the perfect gift; make the perfect Christmas for our family; and making sure not to forget to smile while eating your great aunt’s fruitcake. We burn the candle at both ends … after working our shift whether 8, 10, 12, or 24 hours. We are shopping, cooking, wrapping, running, and trying to be involved in every aspect of the Christmas Season. But do we really take time to STOP and really contemplate this Christmas time.
For CRNAs, December is the busiest time of the year as patients all want to proceed with their surgeries in order to beat the year end. Insurance deductibles get met, and we work long hours trying to ensure that our patients get the best care. As citizens in our communities, we attend the Christmas pageants, parades, and programs. And lastly, we give to our families as much as possible. But once again, do we really take time to STOP, and contemplate at Christmas.
While the world around you is frantically shopping, event going, and in chaos, are YOU taking a small amount of time to enjoy the little things? When you attend your children’s program, are you actually enjoying the moment? (They don’t last long!) Are you actually looking at the lights, listening to the carolers in the mall, taking time to watch a Christmas movie with your family, and going outside to look at the stars imagining what took place over 2000 years ago.
So, as I contemplate this day, I want to start by thanking each CRNA and SRNA in our great state for your dedication to providing patients excellent anesthesia care, for being leaders in your community, for ensuring that CRNAs are leaders in anesthesia. I want to thank our TANA Board of Directors, who constantly work to ensure that CRNAs and CRNA interests are protected. I also want to thank the TANA office, lobbyist, and legal counsel who work to protect our practice. I am not only blessed with a great family, friends, and co-workers, but I have a state of great colleagues as well.
STOP, this Christmas Season and enjoy the little things, thank God for family, friends, and co-workers.
Mark J. Haffey MSN, CRNA, APN