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Document ID (ISN)78146
CIS number 02-451
ISSN - Serial title 1080-3548 - International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics
Year 2000
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Macowiec-Dąbrowska T., Krawczyk-Adamus P., Sprunsińska E., Jˇźwiak Z.W.
Title Can nurses be employed in 12-hours shift systems?
Bibliographic information 2000, Vol.6, No.3, p.393-403. 12 ref.
Abstract Nurses are often obliged to work in 12-hr shifts. To check whether working such long hours constitutes an excessive load for nurses, a questionnaire survey was conducted among nurses working in an 8hr daytime shift system (169 nurses) and in a 12-hr shift (536 nurses). The amounts of physical workload, work stress, and after-work activities were compared. Data analysis shows that a 12-hr shift system is characterized by less significant physical workload but greater mental load. The nurses working in a 2-shift system were more tired after work, but could spend more time on leisure activities and housework. The data suggest that there are no significant contraindications for nurses to work in a 2-shift system.
Descriptors (primary) shift work; nursing personnel; hours of work
Descriptors (secondary) physical workload; stress factors; questionnaire survey
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvincePoland
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Health care services
Hours of work