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

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.

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-- Robert Preidt

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


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