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Are We Really Doing What is Best for Our Tiny Patients? NNP Shift Length and Patient Safety: Our Time Has Come

LoSasso, Donna M. MSN, RN, NNP-BC

doi: 10.1097/ANC.0b013e31821ba2af
Professional Growth and Development

In the United States, 20% to 30% of the employed population does shift work. Neonatal nurse practitioners are a part of this group. Yet, there are no guidelines in place regarding shift length. Fatigue among shift workers is well documented and carries risks to both patients and health care providers. It is crucial to analyze this problem so that the neonatal nurse practitioner profession can move forward with establishing guidelines for practice; so safe, quality care to patients is assured and the health as well as the role satisfaction of the neonatal nurse practitioner is optimized.

The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, Baltimore, Maryland, Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing, Dallas, Texas, and Pediatrix Medical Group Dallas-South Practice, Dallas, Texas.

Correspondence: Donna M. LoSasso, MSN, RN, NNP-BC, Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing, 3700 Worth Street, Dallas, Texas, 75246 (

© 2011 by The National Association of Neonatal Nurses