Long hours don’t just make for unhappy nurses; they make for unhappy patients, according to a study published in Health Affairs.
In the first study that examines nurse work hours and patient perceptions of care, according to researchers, long work hours not only lead to hospital nurse burnout and job dissatisfaction but also patient dissatisfaction.
Researchers surveyed nearly 23,000 registered nurses in California, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Florida. They found 65 percent of nurses worked shifts that lasted 12 or 13 hours, a common practice at hospitals.
Nurses who worked shifts that were 10 hours or longer were more than twice as likely to be dissatisfied with their jobs and reported burnout than nurses who worked shorter shifts. What’s more, seven out of 10 patients were significantly affected by the long shifts.
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