The Effect Of Nurses Shift Length And Overtime Working On Quality Of Care And Patient Safety

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Introduction. The purpose of this paper is to critically appraise a research article on the topic of the effect of nurses’ shift length and overtime working on quality of care and patient safety. The article is titled, “Nurses’ Shift Length and Overtime Working in 12 European Countries. The Association with Perceived Quality of Care and Patient Safety.” The authors are Peter Griffith, Chiara Dall’Ora, Michael Simon, Jane Ball, Rikard Lindqvist, Anne-Marie Rafferty, Lisette Schoonhoven, Carol Tishelman, and Linda H. Aiken. The article was published in November 2014 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Abstract. The abstract was thorough and concise. It included key elements such as the study problem, objectives, methods, results, and conclusion that were concise and brief that allowed the readers quickly ascertain the purpose of the study. The study problem provided a clear direction of the objective to the study, which is that hospitals are implementing more 12 to 13-hour shifts to reduce shift to shift handovers, staff overlap, and cost, despite concerns as to whether nurses can perform reliably and effectively when working longer shifts (Griffith et al., 2014). The researchers presented a clinically significant problem in nursing that revealed importance in quality care and patient safety. The objective or purpose of the study was to describe shift patterns of European nurses and investigate whether shift length and overtime is associated with nurse-reported…

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