Navigation Links
Nurses' Long Shifts May Have Downside: Study
Date:11/26/2012

MONDAY, Nov. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Nurses who work long shifts are more likely to experience job dissatisfaction and burnout, and their patients' care may suffer, according to a new study.

The research included nearly 23,000 registered nurses in California, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Florida. Sixty-five percent of the nurses worked shifts of 12 to 13 hours.

The three-year study found that nurses who worked shifts of 10 hours or longer were up to 2.5 times more likely than nurses who worked shorter shifts to report job dissatisfaction and burnout.

In addition, seven of 10 patient outcomes assessed in the study were significantly worse when nurses worked the longest shifts, the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing researchers found.

In hospitals with more nurses working longer shifts, a greater percentage of patients reported that nurses sometimes or never communicated well, pain was sometimes or never well controlled, and they sometimes or never received help as soon as they wanted.

The study was published in the November issue of the journal Health Affairs.

"Traditional eight-hour shifts for hospital nurses are becoming a thing of the past," Amy Witkoski Stimpfel, a registered nurse and postdoctoral fellow at Penn Nursing's Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research, said in a school news release. "Bedside nurses increasingly work 12-hour shifts. This schedule gives nurses a three-day work week, potentially providing better work-life balance and flexibility."

However, when "long shifts are combined with overtime, shifts that rotate between day and night duty, and consecutive shifts, nurses are at risk for fatigue and burnout, which may compromise patient care," she added.

The researchers recommended that the number of consecutive hours worked by nurses should be restricted, nurse management should monitor nurses' hours worked (including second jobs) and state boards of nursing should consider possible restrictions on nurse shift length and voluntary overtime.

"Nursing leadership should also encourage a workplace culture that respects nurses' days off and vacation time, promotes nurses' prompt departure at the end of a scheduled shift and allows nurses to refuse to work overtime without retribution," Witkoski Stimpfel said.

"These types of policies that facilitate manageable work hours can contribute to the development of a healthier nursing workforce, prepared to manage the complex care needs of patients and their families," she added.

More information

The American Nurses Association has more about nursing.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, news release, November 2012


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Wolters Kluwer Health and International Association of Forensic Nurses partner to publish the Journal of Forensic Nursing
2. Familys Questions About Alzheimers Patients Can Put Nurses in a Bind
3. Nurses examine caregiver grief
4. Nurses as effective as doctors in treatment of HIV patients
5. Burnt-Out Nurses Linked to More Hospital Infections
6. Nurses need to counteract negative stereotypes of the profession in top YouTube hits
7. Phone contact with nurses linked with better outcomes for women with gestational diabetes
8. Long shifts lead to nurse burnout and dissatisfied patients
9. White House Drug Policy Shifts Strategy
10. Stopping Controversial Asthma Drugs Could Have Downside: Study
11. Study Sees Possible Link Between Air Pollution and Autism Risk
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Nurses' Long Shifts May Have Downside: Study
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... 26, 2016 , ... Pixel Film Studios Released ProSlice Levels, a Media Slicing ... their videos a whole new perspective by using the title layers in ProSlice ... , ProSlice Levels contains over 30 Different presets to choose from. FCPX ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... June 26, 2016 , ... ... they have been diagnosed with endometriosis. These women need a treatment plan to ... a comprehensive approach that can help for preservation of fertility and ultimately achieving ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... Miami, FL (PRWEB) , ... June 25, 2016 , ... The temporary closing of Bruton ... Plant City Observer , brings up a new, often overlooked aspect of head lice: ... The closing for fumigation is not a common occurrence, but a necessary one in the ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... , ... As a lifelong Southern Californian, Dr. Omkar Marathe earned his Bachelors ... Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He trained in Internal Medicine at Scripps Green ... hematology/oncology at the UCLA-Olive View-Cedars Sinai program where he had the opportunity to train ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... Montreal, Canada (PRWEB) , ... June 25, 2016 , ... ... the pursuit of success. In terms of the latter, setting the bar too high ... low, risk more than just slow progress toward their goal. , Research from ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/26/2016)... June 27, 2016 Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc (Nasdaq: ... under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as ... Celator Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ("Celator"; Nasdaq: CPXX ) ... Daylight Time). As previously announced on May ... definitive merger agreement under which Jazz Pharmaceuticals has commenced ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... 24, 2016  Global Blood Therapeutics, Inc. (GBT) (NASDAQ: ... novel therapeutics for the treatment of grievous blood-based ... closing of its previously announced underwritten public offering ... public offering price of $18.75 per share. All ... by GBT. GBT estimates net proceeds from the ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... -- Dehaier Medical Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: DHRM ... sells medical devices and wearable sleep respiratory products in ... agreement with Hongyuan Supply Chain Management Co., Ltd. (hereinafter ... 2016, to develop Dehaier,s new Internet medical technology business. ... leverage Hongyuan Supply Chain,s sales platform to reach Dehaier,s ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: