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How shift work is organised affects nurses’ job performance and wellbeing. There are several characteristics of shift work e.g. shift length, overtime, consecutive shifts, fixed/rotating schedules, that can impact on nurse and patient outcomes, but none of these have been studied together.
Access to routinely collected data on ward nurses’ shifts patterns data, missed vital signs observations and nurses’ absenteeism was granted.
We achieved a large data set consisting of:
• 630,000 nurses’ shifts in 32 wards of a large Wessex NHS Trust
• 3,300,000 vital signs observations recorded
We will model these variables to establish associations between shift characteristics and outcomes.
Once complete, this study has the potential to:
• Provide extended knowledge and criteria to inform shift planning
• Access to robust data to plan safe shifts
• The patients will benefit from the care of a less fatigued and worn out workforce, with lower risks of errors and adverse events