The impact of 12-hour shifts on patients and staff is to be reviewed by NHS England as part of its plan to implement the chief nursing officer for England’s national nursing strategy.
Professor Juliet Beal, NHS England’s director of nursing for quality and improvement, told Nursing Times the review would focus on which shift patterns were most appropriate for different settings.
“There is a concern that for some nurses in some areas working 12 hours might be a very long shift to work – 12 hours is a very long time to do something that requires a lot of emotional labour.”
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