First of all, pediatrician & physicians training and work hours are very different than those of nurses. I am an experienced pediatrics nurse so I have been around many pediatricians. Residents who are still in training have long hours. This refers to all residents in any area of health care including pediatrics. They work long hours, sometimes 24 hours at a time with very little time off. However, when they finish residency after 2 years, they could then become an attending pediatrician. Once reaching that goal, the hours vary depending on if you work in a clinic or a hospital or some other setting. Some pediatricians go into private practice with other pediatricians in their group. Most pediatricians work for PPO's or large health care organizations. Again, their hours vary depending on the setting that they choose including whether they work in the city or rural areas. There are many, many options if you choose to be a physician but medical school is very difficult and residency is exhausting. But if you really want to be a pediatrician, I am sure you will find it very rewarding.
Joanne recommends the following next steps:
- Investigate medical schools and the criteria to apply.
- Shadow with a pediatric nurse in a hospital or a clinic.