Many nurses put in 12-14 hour shifts, while a great deal of others work night shifts. Although these types of schedules are expected as a requirement of their job, many nurses expose themselves to different types of health risks that often are associated with prolonged work hours and disruptions to a normal circadian rhythm. To avoid health issues, it is critical to understand the nature of the problem and provide nurses and other workers with ways to reduce risks and manage late-shift schedules.
This academic resource highlights health and wellbeing risks associated with 12-hour nursing schedules while providing tips and tricks to help hospital staff balance their circadian rhythm and reduce fatigue. This aims to create awareness around health problems and workplace errors that arise from lack of sleep and work-life balance, while providing materials that help create a better quality work environment for nursing staff.
With night shifts remaining popular among hospital staff, there is no sign of these lengthy shifts slowing down. It is important for nurses to take the necessary steps and health precautions for their own wellbeing so they can better take care of their patients.
To learn more, check out this infographic designed by Bradley University’s online Doctor of Nursing Practice program.