We should have seen this coming. Working a 12-hour shift in a retail pharmacy is not exactly like a long day in any other job. The stress and physical demands of a 12-hour work day were a bit much. Schools were getting complaints from employers that their grads couldn’t handle the rigors of these marathons.
And so, academia responded. All the 6th year pharmacy students had to complete a month-long rotation at Gold’s Gym before graduation. Lectures on medications declined. They were replaced with motivational TED talks, and lectures from military survival experts and long-distance running coaches. Usain Bolt was asked to deliver the commencement address.
Sure, corporate executives, consultants, and other healthcare professionals may work late. But a 12-hour, always-standing, busy, break-free, distracting environment which demands 100% focus because patient lives demand it is becoming par for the pharmacy course today.
The following are a few tips from someone who has worked his fair share of 12-hour shifts himself.