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Is it time to pull the plug on 12-hour shifts?: Part 1. The evidence.

Authors
Geiger-Brown-J; Trinkoff-AM
Source
J Nurs Adm 2010 Mar; 40(3):100-102
NIOSHTIC No.
20041884
Abstract
Shift durations of 12 hours or more are now ubiquitous in hospitals, with currently working staff nurses reporting satisfaction with this shift length, although others who prefer shorter work hours have generally left hospital nursing. Nurse administrators are beginning to question the wisdom of having nurses work extended hours. In part 1 of this 2-part series, the authors provide an update on recent findings that challenge the current scheduling paradigm that supports unsafe long work hours. Part 2 discusses obstacles that nurse administrators face when they "buck the 12-hour trend" and offers guidance for introducing work schedule changes.
Keywords
Humans; Men; Women; Shift-work; Shift-workers; Workers; Work-environment; Nursing; Nurses; Medical-personnel; Safety-measures; Health-care-personnel
Contact
J. Geiger-Brown, Work & Health Research Center, Department of Family and Community Health, University of Maryland School of Nursing, Baltimore, MD 21201
CODEN
JNUAAK
Publication Date
20100301
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
jgeiger@son.umaryland.edu
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2010
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R21-OH-008392; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008460
Issue of Publication
3
ISSN
0002-0443
Source Name
Journal of Nursing Administration
State
MD
Performing Organization
University of Maryland - Baltimore
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