A younger household doctor in northern Cape Breton has turned to Facebook to assist her get a while off.
Dr. Nicola Smith, 32, grew up in Dartmouth, N.S., and has labored in rural Neils Harbour for 2 and a half years.
Just a number of days in the past, she directed a put up to her buddies on Facebook, hoping to curiosity a number of docs in masking some shifts this summer season at Buchanan Memorial Hospital.
In 4 or 5 days, the put up has been shared nearly 300 instances.
“That wasn’t my intention. It wasn’t to get all that attention and to get it to go viral,” Smith stated.
“I figured I went to school with a bunch of people who are now practising across the country, and I went to residency with a bunch more doctors, and I felt like I had enough friends on Facebook that maybe they might be interested, right?”
Smith stated the group additionally picked up the put up and began sharing it too.
“They know what a problem we’re having here right now, so they kind of went and ran with it.”
Summers are busy
Smith is certainly one of three docs practising full time in Neils Harbour. The different two are veterans who got here out of semi-retirement when one other doctor left the community because her husband couldn’t find work.
Smith stated she does sometimes get day off, however she spends a part of that point attempting to get different physicians to work within the space.
“Going into the summer months in Cape Breton, things are going to get a lot busier and that’s when we’re probably going to start feeling the crunch a bit more.”
Smith’s brief-time period objective is to draw folks prepared to work a number of shifts every week, or perhaps for the summer season, however she’s hoping somebody — up to three someones, really — will fall in love with the place the best way she did.
“They can stay next to the hospital in the house and just be part of the community. It’s not ‘Come here, work your hours, get your paycheque and then leave,’ because that’s not, I think, the type of people that are attracted to this place or that we’re looking to attract,” she stated.
“Get out kayaking, get out with the dogs, get out in the canoe, go for a hike — and the physicians we’ve had in the past have taken advantage of that. That’s a good reason to come here; it’s a big part of why they should come here.”
Today’s med college grads are a lot much less curious about practising household drugs below the outdated mannequin, through which a doctor labored lengthy hours with little day off, Smith stated.
“I believe the younger physicians popping out are very adamant about their private time, and having that work-life steadiness that everyone talks about, and I believe that is actually vital.
“You come to Cape Breton to be able to do those things and get out in nature, and you gotta make sure you actually do them when you accept that position, and not spend the whole time in the hospital.”
As of Tuesday, Smith’s Facebook put up had already drawn curiosity from two docs and talks are even underway to nail down some work dates for the summer season.