Longer Nursing Shifts Equals More Burnout

When nurses work longer hours in hospitals, they experience more burnout, less patient satisfaction, and more safety issues. Using data from 22,275 nurses working for 577 hospitals in four states, researchers found that nurses were more likely to leave their jobs than those working shorter shifts. These findings conflict with the prevailing view that nurses like 12 hour shifts.

PositiveTip: Be aware that long work shifts may increase poor decisions, negatively affect interpersonal relationships, and increase dissatisfaction.