What is the benefit of 24 Hour on call? As a nurse, I am always interested in learning about new medical practices. I’m a resident at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and will continue to work there as a critical care fellow. I’m an active blogger and active on social media, and I’m also a 2018-2019 Doximity Author. I can’t wait to share the benefits of 24 Hour on call with you!
One of the benefits of 24-hour on call shifts is that it is more consistent with resident rotations. While many physicians like a variety of shift patterns, I believe that it is better to have a 24-hour schedule than a seven-day schedule. A nurse can also be more productive at work if she is not always on call. It’s also less disruptive to the patients, and it gives the physician time to spend with their family.
The 24-hour institutional on call shift is not yet a thing of the past in Canada, but it is quickly becoming a controversial topic in Quebec. Residents in other provinces will watch this change with great interest. Meanwhile, Canadian Family Physician is looking for thoughtful articles from current family medicine residents. Please consider sending in your article! By following these simple steps, you will be on your way to a more rewarding career. If you are a family medicine resident in Canada, submit your piece to CFP today!
While it may seem like a perfect system for your residents, I can’t recommend that everyone agree on 24 hour on call. It’s not only inefficient, but it also compromises the quality of care. While the quality of care and the amount of time for leave can be compromised, it’s essential that all doctors are properly trained. If you are a doctor, you should try to negotiate shift work with your trust. I am involved in negotiating with trusts on this issue, but all opinions expressed here are my own.