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Longer shifts increase risk of sick days for nurses and HCAs

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In my experience over 40 years of nursing, the latter 20 as a nursing manager, this research rings true. It has been evidenced several times in the past as well. However it goes deeper than this - nurses like working 12 hour shifts for practical reasons - not because they would actually choose to be on duty for 12 hours + .... it is the costs of parking at the workplace, travel, child care - further influenced by lack of resourcing hours required to cover the off duty, work force planning, and cost control (is it cheaper having a nurse on duty for 12 hours than running a dual/triple shift system with handover time? Probably - as long as they stay fit ........ I wonder if anyone has actually done a comparator study taking into consideration the increased costs?) .... and I have not even mentioned the weary nurse trying to maintain the quality of his or her care to patients having been on their feet for 12 hours ....... so I agree with the comments that the challenge is deeper than this. If Mr Hancock really means what he says about staff wellbeing, we need action rather than words as a result of all this evidential research ......

Posted date

11 October, 2018

Posted time

8:27 am

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