Work schedule characteristics and fatigue among rotating shift nurses in hospital setting: An integrative review
- Min, Ari; Min, Haeyoung; Hong, Hye Chong
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- integrative review; nurse fatigue; nurses; shift work; work schedule
- JOURNAL OF NURSING MANAGEMENT, v.27, no.5, pp.884 - 895
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- JOURNAL OF NURSING MANAGEMENT
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- AimTo systematically evaluate the effect of work schedule characteristics on fatigue among shift nurses in hospital settings. BackgroundThe complexity and multidimensional nature of nursing work may lead to fatigue. This review mainly focused on work schedule characteristics that may mitigate the fatigue in nurses. EvaluationSix databases were searched, and eight relevant research articles published between 2000 and 2018 were identified. Key issuesThe reviewed articles provided evidence supporting the association of work schedule characteristics such as total working hours, overtime, shift length and number of monthly night and evening shifts with fatigue. In addition, studies provided evidence for the positive association between insufficient rest period between shifts and fatigue among shift nurses in hospital settings. ConclusionThe reviewed studies provided mixed results regarding the associations between work schedule characteristics and nurse fatigue. However, quick returns and days called to work on days off were consistent factors contributing to nurse fatigue. More evidence is needed to arrive at a definitive conclusion about such relationships. Implication for nursing managementNursing managers and administrators need to carefully review current rotating shift system and examine its impact on nurse fatigue as well as ensure enough resting time when developing nurse schedules.
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