‘Twas The Night Before Christmas — For Nurses

This article was republished with permission from SCRUBS Magazine.

'Twas the night before Christmas and night in the ward

I glanced at the names that graced the white board.

The charts were all piled on the desk without care

In the hopes I’d have time to see what was there.

The patients were restless, moving about in their beds

While call bells went off, causing pain in my head.

Charge nurse in scrubs, I with my lab coat

Waited for the effects of our latest coffee jolt.

When way down the hall, there arose such a clatter!

We ran from the office to see what was the matter.

Away down the hall, I flew like a flash

Clipped my knee on a wheelchair, my teeth I did gnash.

The light in the hall, turned low for the night

Showed me a scene that gave me a fright.

Because what to my fearful eyes should appear

A lonely walking patient, coming ever so near.

The patient stumbled forward, an IV in his hand

Trailing behind, a catheter bag, a train so grand.

Now Nurse! Now Doctor! Now anyone here!

Come on anybody, I want me some beer!

Along he went to the top of the hall,

My colleague and I were afraid he would fall!

By his side I did go, to help calm him down

He greeted my presence with an obvious frown

He called for a chair and then again for a beer

We quietly told him, “Sorry, we don’t serve that here.”

And then, in a twinkling, I heard in a room

A lady calling, she needs a broom!

A crash we then heard, the patient came to the door

Come, see what’s a mess, see on the floor!

I left the beer drinker to go have a peek

The sight on the floor made me send out a shriek.

I went to the phone: “Get me housekeeping, please!

I need your help now, I’m starting to wheeze!”

The patient was moved to a room that was clean

I thought of the patients I hadn’t yet seen.

The patients got settled, the call bells stopped beeping

Midnight was coming, we felt the time creeping.

IVs we did check and vital signs we did take

Wondering if this Christmas, we’d both get a break.

Back down to the desk, we had paperwork to do

Looked at the clock, still plenty of night to get through.

We went through chart after chart, the orders we checked

When the call bells went off, down the hallway we trekked!

Midnight was coming, Christmas Eve would soon end

We wondered if admin would mind if some rules we would bend

For the holiday season is the time for some fun

As long as our patient work was all done!

We went back to the desk, just for a moment or two

When we found treats on the desk—from where and from who?

The treats, they were good and touching to get

But from where they arrived, we hadn’t found yet.

We heard sounds of someone running out of sight

And heard very clearly, “Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!”

This article was republished with permission from SCRUBS Magazine.


  1. I enjoyed this story. It reminded me of my time on the floors. Nursing has afforded us many opportunities to meet great people in their darkest hour of need. I’m thankful for the opportunity I had to care for the sick. More importantly, I’m thankful for my fellow nurses that I’ve worked beside who had my back and enjoyed what they did. I’ve been a nurse for 29 years. I’m sure nurses can always use a little more change but we also know the quality of nursing care has gone down so much. I hate the fact that everyone thinks they can be a nurse. Nursing is a calling and perhaps we should focus on being the very best nurse we can be…and trust me the money and treats will always follow those who serve others.

  2. A great big thank you is all nurses hear, we need more money, the economy is sucking, and we cannot pay our bills in time, oh Santa please bring our dear nurses more than a pay check worth only a dime.🎶🎶

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