Celebrating Labor Day at the office
Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) While many families were enjoying picnics and barbeques this Labor Day -- so long as they didn't mind dodging a few rain drops -- Monday was just another day at work for others. Employees at Lourdes Hospital were fully staffed to make sure everyone had a safe holiday. Holiday schedules mean very little to the medical employees of a hospital. "That's exactly what a hospital is here for. You're here 24/7," said registered nurse Barbara Bilbrey. "It doesn't matter what day it is, it doesn't matter what the weather is, it doesn't matter if it's a holiday or not. You're here. And that's the way it will always be." A holiday that highlights the working class still needs some celebrations for those still at the office. "We'll bring in something and share some food, have a couple of treats maybe," said registered nurse Pauline Greenblott. Nurses said they never want to call a day in the hospital "quiet," but there were no soon-to-be moms laboring away in the delivery room during the afternoon Monday. "Things can change in the blink of an eye here," Bilbrey said, "And yes when somebody is in labor on Labor Day we all kind of get a little chuckle out of it, and it's something she can take with her for the rest of her life." On a day that is usually celebrated with picnics and parades, these nurses would rather see a healthy and happy family. "We already know that this is our profession," said Greenblott, "And we stay here because we love what we're doing, and whatever day it is, it is." Nurses in the Labor and Delivery Department at Lourdes Hospital said they keep full staff for all holidays, but use a rotating schedule so each year they can have some holidays off.