Researchers have called for the routine implementation of 12-hour shifts to be avoided after they found long shift patterns lead to a higher risk of sickness absence for hospital nurses and healthcare assistants.
'The move to a graduate-level workforce will raise practice standards'
1 March, 2012
We talk to Ursula Gallagher, borough director and Professional Executive Committee chair at NHS Ealing, now seconded as assistant director of nursing at the Department of Health, who has been a nurse for 25 years.
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