More data on the downsides of 12-hour nursing shifts
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- More data on the downsides of 12-hour nursing shifts. Nurses who work 12-hour shifts more often report poor quality of care and care left undone than nurses working fewer hours, according to a study published online on May 25 in BMC Nursing. The reported rate of poor quality of care was 1.64 times higher and the rate of care left undone was 1.13 times higher for nurses working 12-hour shifts compared with their eight-hour coworkers. Job dissatisfaction also was 1.5 times higher for nurses working 12-hour shifts compared with nurses working eight-hour shifts. The authors suggest that future research should examine ways to pinpoint the problems of 12-hour shifts in order to optimize job satisfaction and quality of patient care.