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12-Hour Shift Workers Are More Prone to Burnout

Summary: What are the effects of working 12 hours or more?
Air Date: 9/18/15
Duration: 10
Host: Leigh Vinocur, MD
Guest Bio: Chiara Dall’Ora, RN
Chiara DallOra After completing her BSc in Nursing and qualifying as a registered nurse, Chiara Dall’Ora was awarded a MSc in Nursing and Midwifery by the Università degli Studi di Milano Bicocca (Italy). She then decided to pursue her research interests by enrolling in the PhD program at the University of Southampton.

Here she currently holds a position of visiting researcher for the NIHR CLAHRC Wessex, where she collaborates daily with a team of national experts in workforce organisation.

Dall’Ora's current research interest focuses on the organization of the nursing workforce, particularly on shift work, and its implications for patient and nurse outcomes, such as delivered quality of care, patient safety, missed nursing care, nurses' intention to leave, nurse job satisfaction and burnout.

Dall’Ora has extensive knowledge of shift work, both with her experience as a registered nurse, and for the research that she has carried out since 2013. Dall’Ora analyzed data from a large European study, the RN4CAST study, to explore the relationship between nurse working hours and measures of care, quality/safety outcomes, and nurse outcomes. The results of this study have been published in international journals.
12-Hour Shift Workers Are More Prone to Burnout
A recent study published in the online journal BMJ Open looked at 12-plus-hour hospital nursing shifts and the link between burnout or job dissatisfaction.

The researchers surveyed 31,627 registered hospital nurses in 488 hospitals in England, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Belgium, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Norway, and Poland between 2009 and 2010.

The survey included 118 questions in which experiences and demands of the job, job satisfaction, and burnout were all assessed through a three-dimensional measure (MBI).

The most common (50 percent) shift length was 8 or fewer hours, a third (31 percent) worked 8-10 hours; four percent worked 10 or less than 12 hours, 14 percent worked 12-13 hours, and just one percent worked more than 13 hours.

What did this study find were the effects of nurses working 12 hours or more?

Chiara Dall'Ora, RN, joins Dr. Leigh to discuss the study on 12-plus-hour shift workers and the link between burnout and job dissatisfaction.