Nobody is doubting the importance of staying with a patient throughout diagnosis, operation and post-op for something like a ruptured aneurysm. This of course can as long as it takes to ensure proper care of the patient. What I would like to understand, preferably from neursurg residents, is if and how one finds a balance between neurosurg and lifestyle: hence the question, how does one survive neurosurg residency? How do you find peace throughout the day? Do you feel burned out? What do you do to alleviate feeling burned out? This all stemmed from hearing that neursurg have some of the longest hours and worst career satisfaction ratings (pubmed that ****).
And Mortal_Lesson, of course this is purely "theoretical" as the subject of this thread is to hear everyone's opinions and experiences of the "actual trenches".