Nurses working longer shifts are more likely to experience burnout and increase patients' dissatisfaction with their care, says a new study.
Nearly 23,000 registered nurses took part over 3 years in the study at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Nursing, which examined the relationship between the length of nurses' shifts and patients' assessment of care quality. The researchers found that nurses working shifts of 10 hours or longer were up to 2.5 times more likely than those working shorter shifts to experience burnout and job dissatisfaction.
What's more, 7 in 10 patient outcomes were significantly and adversely affected by the longest shifts. In hospitals with higher proportions of nurses working longer shifts, higher percentages of patients reported that nurses sometimes or never communicated well, pain was sometimes or never well controlled, and they sometimes or never received help as soon as they wanted.
The authors' recommendations include restricting consecutive hours worked, monitoring of hours worked (including on second jobs), and respecting nurses' days off and vacation time.
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