By the nature of their profession, surgeons are under immense pressure to perform efficiently and effectively. In fact, Surgeon consistently ranks in the top 10 in surveys ranking the most stressful jobs, and it is easy to see why. Operating can require surgeons to make decisions in an instant, many times with life-or-death consequences. In addition, operations can occur day or night and may take hours to complete. Surgeons who have spent years in this high stakes, fast-paced environment may be ready to slow down but still want to practice. At NexGen Surgical, we offer surgeons the opportunity to continue practicing but with a lot less demand on their time, which provides an outstanding combination of life with work mixed in. Whether it’s work–life balance or work–life integration surgeons desire, NexGen has it.
Work–Life Integration Versus Work–Life Balance
Stressed baby boomers introduced the term “work–life balance” in the 1970s and 80s as they strove to find balance between career, family and other areas of their lives. Later, with advances in technology making communication and personal tasks easier, the term “work–life integration” was coined. Technology allows the accomplishment of “life” tasks at work and vice versa. Promoting a culture that supports a healthy combination of “life” and “work” for experienced surgeons is our top priority at NexGen.
What Work-Life Integration Looks Like for a Surgeon
The meaning of work–life integration for a surgeon is markedly different than what it would mean for other working professionals. As a surgeon, your undivided attention is directed to your patients during surgery, rounds or other patient interactions. A team-based approach to patient care is important to promote work–life integration for surgeons. This increases a surgeon’s comfort in signing off from patient care duties upon leaving the hospital. A surgeon can certainly view real-time patient vital signs, lab results and updates at home thanks to electronic health records (EHRs), but a team-based care approach allows this ability to “work from home” to be done out of a surgeon’s preference and expected benefit, rather than fears for patient safety or stress-related anxiety.
The Importance of Boundaries in Work–Life Integration
Work–life integration embraces the fact that technology such as EHRs, virtual conferencing and even texting make it possible for “work” to happen anywhere—even at home. However, it also welcomes activities from home into work. For example, surgeons can use technology to schedule appointments, handle their banking and investing or book a flight for vacation, all from the hospital. However, work–life integration does not preclude healthy boundaries or spending time fully engaged in patient care or other life activities. Rather, it places responsibility on the individual to create boundaries in order to accommodate a healthy balance between work life and personal life.
How NexGen Supports Work-Life Integration
NexGen Surgical is ideal for surgeons who want to focus their attention on patient care at work and relax when they are off. Since we handle all the administrative duties of running a busy surgical practice, our surgeons can truly enjoy their time at home rather than feeling compelled to solve billing, staffing, scheduling and other administrative problems. Work only two weeks per month with NexGen and enjoy your time off with no call. Additionally, since relocation is not required for our positions, surgeons can live wherever they please. Whether you are looking for work–life balance or work–life integration, NexGen offers what you need and fully supports your choice.
Transitioning to NexGen Surgical
Experienced surgeons who still have the desire to apply their skills but want more time to explore life outside of the practice are an ideal fit for NexGen Surgical. Excellent compensation, flexible scheduling and the satisfaction of providing lifelines to patients in rural communities are just a few of the reasons surgeons choose NexGen Surgical. Start pursuing the lifestyle you want to achieve by applying with us today.