IN OUR 2019 SURVEY, we asked hospitalists whether they covered nights and or weekends. Here’s a look at how many incorporate some night coverage into their schedules and how many hospitalists work as nocturnists.
While 44.1% of hospitalists work only days, 51.7% incorporate some night coverage into their schedules. Just under 34% of those responding to our survey work some nights; 10% work as nocturnists.
Universities/medical schools have the highest number of moonlighters (23.7%) compared to all hospitalists (7.1%). Hospitalist groups in that setting also have the highest number of NPs/PAs covering nights (23.7%)and residents (13.2%).
Multispecialty/primary care groups have the highest percentage of hospitalists who take beeper call (11.8%) compared to all full-time hospitalists who treat adults (6.2%). Those groups also have the highest number of hospitalists rotating to take night coverage (37.3%). National hospitalist management companies are most likely to use nocturnists (59.1%).
Hospitalists from the Pacific region log the most weekend shifts a month (4.1). Hospitalists who have been in the specialty for five to nine years also tend to work the most weekend shifts a month (3.9).