Journal of General Internal Medicine

, Volume 10, Issue 7, pp 400–402 | Cite as

The night float system of resident on call

What do the nurses think?
  • Daniel D. Buff
  • Raafat Shabti
Brief Reports


In 1989, the internal medicine residency training program at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital changed from a standard one-in-four on-call system to a night float system of resident on call. Using a confidential questionnaire that assessed the opinions of medical nurses, the nurses were asked which system they preferred, and how the change to a night float system of resident on call affected medical resident performance. A significant majority of the nurses preferred night float over a standard system of resident on call. Most nurses responded that because night float allows residents to get more rest, residents make fewer mistakes and are easier to work with. Residents on night float were not considered to be more knowledgeable. The responders indicated that night float did not create confusion about which resident to call for a patient problem.

Key words

night float nurses resident call system 


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© Society of General Internal Medicine 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel D. Buff
    • 1
    • 3
  • Raafat Shabti
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.the Internal Medicine Residency ProgramSt. John’s Episcopal HospitalFar Rockaway
  2. 2.the Department of MedicineSt. John’s Episcopal HospitalFar Rockaway
  3. 3.Health Science Center at Brooklynthe State University of New YorkBrooklyn

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