Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Work Life Balance in Your Healthcare Career

As a patient, would you rather be operated on by a doctor you know who is on the back end of a 48 hour shift, or even worse, paged at 4am to come into the hospital to check you out;

or

Get a fresh doctor, whom you haven't met, but is clear headed, stress free and well rested.

This is a question that is being raised by younger health care professionals that are looking to create work-life balance. They are attempting to get away from the 24/7 on call lifestyle that some healthcare positions call for.

Career advice expert Lindsey Pollak says:

...this is an important step that all professions and career-minded people should watch with interest. We are seeing flexibility and change take place in some of the most traditional industries — finance (with flexible work programs), law (with the suggestion of eradicating the billable hour) and now medicine. We are clearly in the midst of a huge shift in the way we work and the way we build careers. Exciting, huh?

The Wall Street Journal covered this issue in their Health Blog yesterday. Check out the article, "As Doctors Get a Life, Strains Show."

To get involved in this discussion, head on over to the Health Career Web Forums. While you're hanging out, create a profile on MedCom and start talking with others in the Orlando Health Care industry to get a sense of what they are going through as nurses, physicians, physician assistants and other various health care jobs.

What do you think? Work-life balance or give yourself to your job 24/7?

-Greg Rollett

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