This article is part 3 of the series "Pulling the Plug on 12-Hour Shifts." In part 1 (March 2010), the authors provided an update on recent evidence that challenges the current scheduling paradigm and supports the lack of safety of long work hours. Part 2 (April 2010) described the barriers to change and challenges for the nurse executive in moving away from the practice of 12-hour shifts. This article presents strategies for mitigating the effects of 12-hour shifts for nurses who continue to work 12-hour shifts despite the potential risks to their health and to patient safety.
Authors' Affiliation: Associate Professor (Dr Geiger-Brown), Professor (Dr Trinkoff), Work and Health Research Center, Department of Family and Community Health, University of Maryland School of Nursing, Baltimore.
Corresponding author: Dr Geiger-Brown, University of Maryland School of Nursing, 655 W Lombard St, Suite 575C, Baltimore, MD 21201 (email@example.com).