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Nurses work to make Christmas merry for hospital patients

Published: Dec. 21, 2021 at 6:26 PM CST
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - For many, the holidays are a time to spend with loved ones, but for nurses, their work doesn’t stop.

“I feel it’s more about the patients at Christmas time, making them feel comfortable and making their day because a lot of time they’re having a hard time with the fact they can’t be home with their families,” said Surgical Floor Nurse Bonnie Norris.

Nurses work on shifts, but some, like Norris, will volunteer to work on Christmas so others can spend time with their families.

The entire hospital works together to make holidays a happy time for their patients. Decorations like trees, cards, and tinsel are spread around the Wyoming Medical Center. Some nurses even wear special holiday-themed masks to make the season a little merrier.

Hospital staff also participate in gift exchanges with each other to show their appreciation for one another and spread cheer.

Visitation at the WMC is currently restricted, for many virtual Christmas celebrations may be a better option.

“I do think that it has changed, in the fact it can be a depressing time of the year since people aren’t allowed to come in and visit as much as they used to be, so it’s just harder on families right now,” said Norris.

For more information about visitor rules and guidelines visit the WMC website or call 307-577-7201.

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