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Who’s working nights and weekends?

Three-quarters of groups rely heavily on nocturnists

February 2020

IN OUR 2019 SURVEYwe 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.

hospitalist primary shift

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).

How does your group cover nights?

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WANT MORE DATA about hospitalist pay, work hours and more? Check out our 2019 Salary Survey Results. Interested in finding that perfect job? Check out our job board.

Published in the February 2020 issue of Today’s Hospitalist

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