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Should nurses be expected to work 12-hour shifts?


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A conference was recently told that repeated 12-hour shifts are equivalent to slave labour. Should nurses be expected to work them?


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  • No, regardless of which area a nurse works in. Nurses are already overstreched, understaffed and under Dvid Cameron (who obviuosly feels we are not worth much but excluding us and teachers from getting a long needed payrise) underappriciated. getting nurses to work 12 hour shifts will not solve the situation with work places being understaffed and in the long run cause more problems, like nurses burning out or taking time off from stress and illness caused by the heavy workloads their expected to do in a 12 hour shift

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  • We shouldn't be expected to, but should certainly have the choice. I prefer 12 hour shifts, enjoy my 4 days off a week, and would never go back to short shifts where having to work 8-10 days in a row wasn't uncommon. I feel I can acheive more in 12 hours than I could in a shorter shift, it's also cheaper in terms of travel costs etc.

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