International Nursing Review
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Edited By: Sue Turale
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Nurses' extended work hours: Patient, nurse and organizational outcomes
Wipada Kunaviktikul et al.
Globally nurses are producing mounting evidence about poor working conditions for the profession in many countries, conditions that lead to adverse patient outcomes, and nursing shortages and attrition. This first-time study in Thailand investigated the extended hours of work of 1524 registered nurses from 90 hospitals using a descriptive, predictive design. The researchers found that the surveyed nurses worked on average 58.8 hours per week, and 80% had worked two consecutive shifts. The more extended hours the nurses worked, the more they reported negative outcomes for their patients and their own health and job satisfaction. The researchers concluded that their findings add to “increasing international evidence that nurses’ poor working conditions result in negative outcomes for the profession, patients and health systems”. The findings are important for policy makers, administrators and the profession, not only in Thailand but elsewhere, to try to influence much needed reform of nursing working conditions to provide better patient care and job satisfaction.
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