Patient Safety / Quality

Dangers of the 12-hour shift

Rose Sherman has a thoughtful blog on nursing’s “third rail”—the 12-hour shift. In the blog, she notes that although nurses like 12-hour shifts, they create a patient safety issues: “We know from other research that nurses who work 12 hour tours average only 5.5 hours of sleep between tours, and are 3X more likely to make errors as opposed to those on 8 hour tours.” Read more.


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