Sanford Health’s Dr. Amy Oksa, who also works shifts at CHI St. Alexius Health in Dickinson, doesn’t remember a time where she had to stay overnight at the hospital because of a weather event.
“It’s a little unusual, but it kind of brought me back to my residency days where we’re in the hospital every third night,” Dr. Oksa said.
Dr. Oksa stayed in this patient room Sunday.
She did get a chance to spend time with her family for the holiday.
Dr. Oksa said staying the night at the hospital was a no-brainer.
“It was a comfortable decision,” Dr. Oksa said. “I felt much better about hey let’s just stay that was easy.”
Dr. Audrey McMacken says doctors have to be accessible and make it to the hospital in 10-15 minutes.
She says with the snow, that timeframe was impossible to make.
“It wouldn’t be reasonable to make it in that time and anytime after that as it was continuing to snow so we chose to come here and camp out for the weekend,” Dr. McMacken said.
She stayed the night in this call room.
For the both of them, they didn’t mind staying at the hospital and say they would’ve been more worried if they had went home.
“My personality is such that, I slept better here than I would at home because I knew I was where I need to be,” Dr. McMacken said.
“I didn’t really have much heartache about it. I had more heart ache and more anxiety if I had stayed at home,” Dr. Oksa said.
Patients come first for these too. Even if it meant staying here for Christmas to make sure they were okay.
Dr. Oksa and Dr. Mcmacken weren’t the only ones staying at the hospital over the weekend. Dr. Oksa said upwards of 10-20 nurses, doctors and other staff stayed overnight too. But they said, it wasn’t so bad.
They say when you do become a doctor, working the holidays or staying in the hospital overnight is what you sign up for. It’s all part of the job.