I’m on call right now. Right this minute. I’m showered, dressed, stethoscope and badge in my purse. I’m ready to roll. No beeper. The hospital will contact me via my land line or cell phone. The phone has wrung twice. My heart did a little flutter each time. Not the hospital either time. Whewwwwwww. I ate dinner early just in case. I wouldn’t want to go running to the hospital with hunger pangs. No way Jose. Waiting. I’ll watch TV or read. I have 2.5 hours left of call time tonight. Twiddling my thumbs.
TIDBIT Definition of ON CALL
Employees must be ready to return to work at a moment’s notice while on call. Workers are usually prohibited from engaging in activities that impair their ability to perform job duties, such as alcohol or drug use. Hospitals may require doctors or nurses to remain within a certain distance of the facility or obtain permission to leave the premises while on call. Workers must also keep lines of communication open during on-call periods in case their employer attempts to make contact.