Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the ward,
Not a patient was stirring, not a thing to record.
The charts were all placed in their slots with great care,
In hopes that the doctors would leave them right there.
I’d complete my rounds, all the meds and re-starts,
Hung three units of blood, and restocked all the charts.
When far down the hall, there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the desk to see what was the matter.
Away down the hall, I flew like a flash,
Rounded the corner, and met with a crash
A jolly old man, all covered with snow
With a round little belly and cheeks all aglow.
“What are you doing here?”, I exclaimed in surprise,
As he twinkled at me with his fat little eyes.
“Visiting hours were over at eight.
It is now after twelve. You are much, much too late.”
“Nurse, don’t you know me?”, he said with a smile.
“And now that I’m here, can’t I stay for a while?”
“I’m afraid I don’t know you”, I exclaimed quite irate.
The confusion was such I’d forgotten the date.
“But nurse, I have come such a long way” he said
“And I couldn’t show up until all were in bed.”
“Your excuses are slim and this you must know.
Rules are made to be kept; I must ask you to go.”
For answer he lifted a sack from his back,
Put it down on the floor and began to unpack.
More RN’s and LPN’s with infusion experience,
I knew it would brighten the entire team’s spirits!
Other gifts followed. He had them right there.
All the things that were needed for the good patient care.
For each of the doctors, a smiling machine,
So each could look pleasant, although he felt mean.
For each of the nurses, A SALARY RAISE!!!!
Saying tell them for me dedication still pays.
The best of all gifts, he then pulled out with glee,
For each patient, the right VAD!
Then I saw that the man I had almost thrown out,
Looked very familiar, as he turned about.
And I asked him to stay, “Please don’t go!” I grew bolder.
But he finished his job, putting his bag on his shoulder.
He sprang to his sleigh waiting there on the roof.
With eight tiny reindeer, the ultimate proof,
Of just who he was and as he flew out of sight,
“Merry Christmas” he called, and “God Bless you this night.”
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- Lynn and Megan
Author: Lynn Hadaway
Lynn Hadaway has more than 35 years experience in infusion nursing and adult education. Her experience comes from multiple acute care settings, healthcare manufacturing, continuing professional education.