Is it time to pull the plug on 12-hour shifts?: Part 3. Harm reduction strategies if keeping 12-hour shifts.
J Nurs Adm 2010 Sep; 40(9):357-359
This article is part 3 of the series "Pulling the Plug on 12-Hour Shifts." In part 1 (March 2010), the authors provided an update on recent evidence that challenges the current scheduling paradigm and supports the lack of safety of long work hours. Part 2 (April 2010) described the barriers to change and challenges for the nurse executive in moving away from the practice of 12-hour shifts. This article presents strategies for mitigating the effects of 12-hour shifts for nurses who continue to work 12-hour shifts despite the potential risks to their health and to patient safety.
Humans; Men; Women; Shift-work; Shift-workers; Workers; Work-environment; Nursing; Nurses; Medical-personnel; Safety-measures; Etiology; Health-care-personnel
J. Geiger-Brown, Work & Health Research Center, Department of Family and Community Health, University of Maryland School of Nursing, Baltimore, MD 21201
Journal of Nursing Administration
University of Maryland - Baltimore