Hospital Staff Nurses' Shift Length Associated With Safety and Quality of Care

TitleHospital Staff Nurses' Shift Length Associated With Safety and Quality of Care
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsStimpfel, Amy Witkoski, and Linda H. Aiken
JournalJournal of Nursing Care Quality
Volume28
Pagination122-129
ISBN Number1057-3631
Accession NumberPMID: 23023189
AbstractThe objective of this study was to analyze hospital staff nurses' shift length, scheduling characteristics, and nurse reported safety and quality. A secondary analysis of a large nurse survey linked with hospital administrative data was conducted. More than 22 000 registered nurses' reports of shift length and scheduling characteristics were examined. Extended shift lengths were associated with higher odds of reporting poor quality and safety. Policies aimed at reducing the use of extended shifts may be advisable.
URLhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1097/NCQ.0b013e3182725f09
PMCIDPMCID: PMC3786347