Strategies for coping with shift work
Ian Peate Associate head of school, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, Hertfordshire
Shift work is a requirement of nursing and essential to provide patients with optimum levels of continuous care. However, working shift patterns can have deleterious effects on the health of nursing staff and patient safety. Adverse effects can be physical and/or psychological. This article focuses on some of the consequences of a disrupted circadian rhythm, provides advice on coping with shift work, in particular night-time shifts, and offers some practical recommendations for practice.
Nursing Standard. 22, 4,42-45. doi: 10.7748/ns2007.10.22.4.42.c4620
Published in print: 03 October 2007Peer review
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