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For those in the medical field, how does your affect your lifestyle?

Also, how did your job affect your lifestyle when you first started out in this field? APN APRN RN Nurse LPN CNA MD Doctor Physician medicalfield anesthetist

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J.’s Answer

In nursing, there is a lot of advantages and also some general challenges of healthcare. Know that as healthcare providers, shifts and scheduling are not always in your control but a lot of nurses really enjoy the 3 to 4 days a week schedule that’s offered at most workplaces.

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jav’s Answer

When I first started as a Registered Nurse my very first job was from 7pm to 7am. But it was very rewarding and I learned a lot. So even though it was rough at the beginning to get used to working all night and sleep during the day, I eventually became used to the new hours. More importantly I was so happy to work as an RN that nothing really mattered. After 6 months I was ready to have more normal working hours. If you work in something you love doing then it's always fun and you'll really enjoy any changes that come with it.
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Anum’s Answer

When I first started my training as a medical doctor, my hours were vicious! While doing house job, you are required to do all kinds of work and assist in all kinds of procedures and rounds and even do clerical work depending upon the specialty you're doing your rotations in. But as you go through it you become accustomed and after it is finished, you actually crave for the work.
Life becomes somewhat difficult to manage at first too, balancing everything gets difficult, but you adjust with it. And if you don't you figure out what fields you are actually cut out for, the work load you can or want to handle to adjust your life, and you have the options to do so.
This was my personal experience. Everybody has different opinions, you just have to go through with it to figure out how it affects your ownself.
I hope this gives you some perspective.
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Valerie’s Answer

I am a medical student with 2 more years left in medical school. Although it is very busy at times, I always make sure there is enough time for myself. I have a boyfriend of 9 years, and we make sure we have a date night at least once a week. I think the most important way to balance both is being organized. If I schedule in a two hour dinner slot in my schedule, I know I will get my studying done before that time. Being organized and planning your study schedule is very helpful.
Best of luck.
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Estelle’s Answer

To become a gynecologic surgeon, I got a 4 year undergraduate degree followed by 4 years of medical school. I then completed 4 years of residency. So, I was extremely focused on education and training early in my career. I then joined a group of Ob/Gyns in my area. Early in my practice, I felt like I needed to work extra hard to establish a patient base. After I started having kids, I cut back on work hours to spend tons more time with my kids. They have all graduated now, so I am back to working harder with longer hours. At this point, though, I am in charge of my schedule. I work harder and earn more income. If I need more time off, my income falls too, but that's my decision.