Sure you might meet some doctors that appear shy, but in truth, how many shy doctors can there actually be? Who can be genuinely shy when they have so many lives in their hands on a daily basis? Maybe a doctor reserves a bit of shyness for their off time. Oh, seriously, who is anyone kidding? A doctor doesn’t have off time.
When medical professionals can start to admit their realities to themselves, they are taking the first step to transforming their lives and changing the face of medicine. Let’s take a look at the realities of a physician’s life.
Guilt is an ever present blanket to a physician’s life. You want to be present for your own life, your own family, but the growing number of ill patients in your care is probably also growing. You want to wave a magic wand and fix everything. When you can’t fix everything or be everywhere at once, the guilt settles in – and it stays.
Vacation is Fiction
Medical professionals would love to wave that magic wand over not only their patients, but their personal lives as well. Time off is nonexistent. When a physician takes a day off, the world does not stop turning. Patients do not stop being ill. Accidents do not cease to occur. On those days away from the office, time is slipped away from family and friends to call in, check-up, and assess what has occurred in one’s absence.
Before and After is Crushing
If there does happen to be a vacation planned, those times prior to departure and after return are jarring. Work doubles. Patients push to be seen and lab results, tests, and updates must be reviewed upon return.
Staying Afloat, Atop, Ahead
Technology is rapidly expanding. Studying during “downtime” is essential to staying relevant and giving patients quality care. Stealing away from those imaginary vacations or pouring over a laptop during dinner is commonplace in a physician’s life.
Laying these realities out is not simply to illustrate the trials medical professionals face, but sometimes medical professionals won’t admit that this is how their lives function. As the health industry grows in necessity, doctors feel the squeeze. Being the strong, confident (maybe sometimes shy) people that they are, they try to adapt, adjust, give more, take less.
This is admirable behavior, but without proper recuperation time or realistic approaches to an overwhelmed office setting, proper adjustments cannot be made to the healthcare system. The excessive burdens will continue to grow, and everyone loses.
Recognizing where your career restricts you – professionally and personally – is the first step to fixing the problem. No, illness does not take a vacation, but if you help your office run more smoothly, it may be easier for you to take a vacation, recharge, and offer your patients the best version of you.
Adding ProScribe to your office may be just the vacation for unnecessary paperwork your staff needs. Diminishing the amount of time you allot for paperwork and allowing yourself proper client and self care may be the first step to improving your life… and the lives of your patients.