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NIOSH Training for Nurses on Shift Work and Long Work Hours

Module 3. Risks Associated With Shift Work and Long Work Hours


Research indicates shift work and long work hours are associated with a somewhat higher risk for illnesses, errors, injuries, and certain symptoms. This module will discuss this wide range of risks:

  1. Declines in functioning of the brain (thinking, remembering, etc.)
  2. Reduced job performance, accidents, and errors
  3. Negative impact on health behaviors (obesity, smoking, etc.)
  4. Increased short-term and long-term health risks
  5. Negative impacts to patients, families, employers, and the community
Many of these risks can be reduced by correcting disruptions to sleep and circadian rhythms.
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