There’s nothing more romantic than watching the sun come up. Unless you’ve been up all night pulling long work hours in the hospital. Then, the sunrise is not such a romantic sight. As a medical professional, you have probably seen the sun rise more times than you’d care to remember (or even can).
The culture of all-nighters and long hours starts in medical school, and in many medical jobs it remains a fixture. Despite the obvious downsides, 12-hour (and longer) shifts remain popular, and some workers in medical jobs even prefer them. Patients can spend more time under the care of fewer nurses, and feel more comfortable with them. Nurses and other medical professionals appreciate the added flexibility of working fewer days per week, and hospital management can be streamlined, with fewer shift changes and better communication. Continue reading Round the Clock: Working Long Hours Without Losing Your Mind