12-hour nurses shift: a benefit or lossCreated by:
Nurses’ working shifts have always been a major concern. In most of the places, nurses work in 6, 8 and 12 hours shifts. In many countries, nurses prefer to work in 12-hour shifts as working in 12 hours for a continuous three days provides them with 4 days off from duty. Various research studies have shown that about 50% of the nurses are dissatisfied with 12 hourly shifts. Although it has few benefits such as easy management of nursing staffs, better care of patients and balance between the personal and professional environment, many complain of dissatisfaction and tiredness due to such prolonged hours of standing and patient care. There have been reported incidents of decreased level of alertness, decreased interest in patient care and occupation-related injuries among nurses working for 12 hours or more. There are few countries which may provide 4 days off duty after 3 days of 12-hour shifts but many countries still do not have sufficient nurses and the nurses are forced to work for more than 12 hours. Is it acceptable to make use of the available nurses to the maximum? Is a similar norm practiced in any other profession also?
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