I worked in a GI specialty unit at a hospital in Seattle, and what was supposed to be a 2 week assignment ...turned into 6 months. All in all it was a great experience....but it was very stressful. I worked in the RR and the procedures done were EGDs, Colons, ERCP, Sigmoids, and the nurses from GI also covered Pulmonary for Bronchs....with all but the sigmoids done under conscious sedation. We started out with 30min turn arounds...with was cut down to 20min...and had very limited space...with 14 -18 cases a day....and this is where the stress came in. Along with the constant ringing of the phone...and pts...who showed up without doing their prep...or without a driver to take them home...or just plain late!!!!
I made some life long friends there....I will always remember my time there fondly...
. The staff however...did have to take call for a week at a time...BUT there was no holidays...except for emergencies. The hours were 8:30am - 1730 ...M-F...with (2) 15 min breaks...and an hour for lunch!
Our CN made sure everyone got their breaks...and there was an excellent expresso stand...right around the corner in the hospital...and plenty of good food in walking distance.
The docs were called by their first names...and were very
laid back!! One of the best assignments I have ever had! I was offered a chance to stay...and now I wish I had!
But hindsight is 20/20.