Eight-Or Twelve-Hour Shifts: What Nursing Students Prefer (Quick Reads) (Report)
Nursing Education Perspectives 2009, Jan-Feb, 30, 1
Nursing Education Perspectives
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SECURING AND ORGANIZING CLINICAL PLACEMENTS for nursing students has become increasingly difficult for schools of nursing and for hospitals, especially with today's dramatic increases in student enrollments. Many nursing programs now include 12-hour shifts as part of students' clinical education. But questions remain regarding the impact of 12-hour shifts on student learning and lifestyle, relationships among students, their clinical instructors, and nursing staff, and patient and family care. A university teaching hospital partner that provides many clinical education opportunities for our students asked that we consider eliminating the eight-hour shift and initiating 12-hour shifts for senior students. Reasons for this request included placement shortages within the hospital as well as staff nurse burnout. When students worked only eight hours, staff working 12-hour shifts needed to work with different groups of students. It was also suggested that longer shifts would provide a more complete learning experience and better support the philosophy of client-and family-centered care through increased continuity of care.
- Category: Education
- Published: 01 January 2009
- Publisher: National League for Nursing, Inc.
- Seller: The Gale Group, Inc.
- Print Length: 10 Pages
- Language: English