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What has better hours a labor and delivery nurse or a labor and delivery doctor?

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Estelle’s Answer

L&D nurses have set hours, usually working 8-12 hour shifts. When they are at work, they are busy helping with deliveries, but when they are off, they are not called in to work.
Obstetricians have very unpredictable schedules. They usually have scheduled clinic hours but deliver babies at all times of the day and night. To make their lives more manageable, most obstetricians share call schedules with other obstetricians.
If by better hours you mean more predictable, then the nurses have more predictable scheduled work hours. Hope this information helps!
Thank you comment icon Thank you! This gives me more info on what to choose for a job. Sequoia
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Tequila’s Answer

Hi Sequoia,
I'm neither, but I am a nurse. I would think, hands down, a L&D nurse would consider themselves with better hours because they are set in advanced, you determine if days or nights suit you better, and their is predictability in the hours. No physician has the luxury when they are connected to a hospital. As a L&D nurse, the worst you have is a shift where someone doesn't show up and you have to stay a hr or 2 later. But you're already there. Babies don't have a clock to let them know day or night, when it's time to come out, it can be anytime of the day. An L&D physician or obstetrician has to come in. If you're looking for set hours, I suggest something more along the lines of a radiation oncologist. Even they can get an occasional emergency case. There are too many unpredictability in health care to have a set schedule.
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Naomi’s Answer

Nurses usually work prescheduled shifts and physicians usually work a combination of clinic time and call which is unpredictable. Nurses usually work 36-40 hours a week give or take. Physicians can easily work 50+ hours and usually even more.
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