My patients are, and will always be my first priority.
As a junior based solely on the shop floor (i.e. the wards) I'm often better suited to tell the consultant or registrar how the management plans have been panning out.
The problem comes when the seniors expect you to go above and beyond the line of duty.
I work hard - very hard. I often don't take proper breaks and almost never leave on time. However this is being taken for granted. At 1700 I'm officially 'not here / a figment of your imagination / don't ask me unless it's life threatening' however it seems to be expected that I will stay practically forever to ensure things are to my consultants liking.
I get that medicine used to be like that, however with greater workload, paperwork and responsibility comes a higher likelihood of burnout. In my current job I feel I'm heading that way.
I'm finally learning so say 'no' but it doesn't seem to be going down well.
Ive tried explaining that I'm happy to hand things on to the on-call team but it seems this isn't good enough.
What would you do?