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?