I’m always getting these advertisements for jobs, even though I’m a year away from serious starting to look. I got a post card today extolling the virtures of one particular opening.  They claim that you work one 24 hour shift and then have 3 days off…  Really? A 24 hour shift? I couldn’t imagine.  Maybe life as an attending is different, but when I work an ER shift, I’m pretty much husltin’ the whole time.  At the end of a 12 hour run, I’m pretty much spent. I couldn’t fathom doing a 24 hour shift. Much less the overnight part… AFTER already working 18 hours!  (I can handle them okay now, but that’s with a three hour nap before my shift starts…) Now the ER was some where in the state of Maine, so maybe it’s a podunk little ED where the attending actually goes to bed over night since no one comes in. If that was the case… that actually sounds kinda sweet.

Anyone know anything about these 24 hour shifts?

About ER Jedi

I’m a resident doctor in Emergency Medicine and I’ve learned during the past few years that 1) I’ve had some pretty amazing experiences 2) I have a very bad short-term memory. So this blog is just a place for me to write about some of these experiences, from the ER, medical school, the wards and life in general. At least that way I’ll have some idea as to where I’ve been all this time. A scrap-book of sorts, a place to vent, organize some clinical tools and post a few good songs I’ve heard along the way.

Posted on October 26, 2012, in Deep Thoughts, Emergency Medicine. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Yes, I am an ER nurse in a Rural Hospital. We have some docs that do 24s. We have 5 beds & nights can be quiet. So sometimes the doc gets a lot of rest/sleep & some times we have patients “drip” in so you aren’t busy but interrupted regularly. Good luck with your job search :)

    • Sounds kinda nice in a way. But if your ED is so small, do you have access to CT scanners and what not, or do you have to transfer out for any sort of advance testing?

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