What could a picture of a stethoscope, coffee, chest xray and a night view outside of my room at work possibly mean?
Yup, night oncall (again)!
From tonight I will be doing a set of night oncalls again. A night oncall entails being oncall from 9 pm to 10am the following morning. During this time I'd be looking after patients on the medical wards (that's around 300 unwell people) and attend to them should they destabilise during the night. I would be partially responsible to seeing patients who arrive on the Medical Admission Unit as well. On average we receive around 30 patients in 24 hours (it's only a small hospital).
It's not all bad, as I'll be oncall with quite a few other people in the team: A registrar, a Senior Senior House Officer (or who we call a "SSHO". She happens to be my ward's own SSHO) and a fellow Senior House Officer (SHO).
Before doing a night oncall, we have the day off (that's why I'm not working now) ... This is how I prepare myself for a night oncall: sleep as late as possible the night before, and wake up as late as possible the morning after. That's my personal way of "cardio"verting my bio-clock to a nocturnal rhythm.
Although tiring, doing night oncalls could be fun. You are given more responsibility and independence, therefore more opportunities to learn and gain experience. Furthermore, overnight the hospital is calmer and quieter which is the better environment to work.
Hopefully our night oncalls will be okay ...
Note: I may not post anything for the next 2 nights as I'll away, but I'll post if I can. See you guys later!