Longer Work Shifts Linked to Nurse Burnout, Stress

Posted on Nov. 29 2012 in Medical Malpractice Cases

Many hospitals have been slowly phasing in the 3-day-workweek for nurses with extended work shifts.  The three-day workweek allows for longer weekends,and is believed to contribute to a better work-life balance.  Unfortunately, the longer shifts also seem to be linked to higher levels of stress. According to a new study of nurses that was been published recently in the journal Health Affairs, when nurses work long,extended shifts of 13 or more hours, they are at risk for increased levels of nurse burnout and decreased job satisfaction. Nurses who work long hours of 10 or more hours were found to be approximately 2 ½ times more likely to suffer burnout and stress,
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