Effects of extended work shifts on employee fatigue, health satisfaction, work/family balance, and patient safety.

M. Estryn-Behar, Beatrice van der Heijden

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Abstract

12-hour shifts are quickly spreading in Europe. From our multivariate analysis concerning 25,924 European nurses, including twenty explanatory variables simultaneously, we found that work schedule itself is not a major determinant factor. Nurses aim to choose or accept night shifts or 12-hour shift in order to reduce their work/home conflicts, however, at the expense of the patient’s safety, as well as their own health and safety. Therefore, it is important to develop measures, such as extended child care, association of nurses to the elaboration of their rota, 9- or 10-hour shifts in the afternoon, allowing naps during night shifts, and reduction of changing shifts with short notice. Work schedules must be organized in order to allow time for shift handover, social support and team building
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4283-4290
JournalWork
Volume41
Issue numbersuppl.1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Keywords

  • IR-83066
  • METIS-292560

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