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    Shift Work Paramedics

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    Shift work has a detrimental impact on paramedics which compromises clinical judgement and patient safety. Paramedics are constantly and increasingly faced with heavy workloads that are mentally, emotionally, and physically tiring (Anstey, Tweedie, & Lord, 2016). Rostered shift work influences a loss of routine causing fatigue, sleep disturbance, and can potentially have a negative influence on a paramedic’s mental health (Sofianopoulos, Williams, Archer, and Thompson, 2011). This assignment will analyse shift work and the impacts this has on the sleep and mental health of paramedics. Paramedics work is dictated by patients. When patients become acutely sick or injured, paramedics are trained to respond rapidly. Sofianopoulos et al. (2011)…

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    burden of shift work and job satisfaction among nurses in Winter Park Memorial Hospital. The study will examine the association of predictors between working long shifts and burnout to age, annual salary received, earned years of education and time spent in shift work schedules. Furthermore, the study will help identify potential strategies for improving the quality of life of shift-working nurses. Literature Review In our society today, it is a recognized fact to work beyond the outside…

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    Shift Work

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    Shift work includes any work that differs from a steady 9 am to 5 pm schedule (1). Many studies implicate shift work’s adverse effects on poor health outcomes. For example, increased risk for obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease are associated with shift work (2-5). When the sleep/wake cycle is properly aligned with the endogenous circadian clock, the circadian clock “optimally regulates our physiology and behavior across the 24-hour day” (6). However, previous research finds that the…

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    12 Hours-Shift Case Study

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    their feelings, concerns, and opinions about the current 12 hours-shift. A 12 hours-shift could be beneficial for many, but in this case, patient satisfaction surveys and the increase in medication errors has demonstrated that quality and patient safety is at risk. It is a fact that after a 12 hours-shift, the productivity and quality of patient care is compromised. A study published on a Health Affairs issue (Witkoski Stimpfel, Sloane, & Aiken, 2012), revealed that nurses shift length and…

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    situation an employee, Emily Pearson, at (CMC) will not agree to accept a shift change that has resulted from closing one of the facility’s wings. Ms. Pearson claims that because of her medical problems she is protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)--42 U.S. Code § 12102 and does not need to accept the change from the first shift to the second shift. She feels that the organization must make a reasonable accommodation that would allow her to continue working on the first…

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    Pros And Cons Of Daycare

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    (2012) support a program which would increase accessibility to formal daycare. Although Notley’s program’s directive is to provide more affordable daycare for shift workers, it inadvertently endorses better health outcomes for children. Currently, many families resort to informal care programs; relatives, neighbors, or babysitters, as daycare costs exceed their income. As demonstrated by McLaren and colleagues, non-relative care increases changes in obesity percentile for boys and low SES girls.…

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    Cell Count Procedure

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    When describing a typical day at work she mentioned the procedures normally expected, but a lot more on top of that. As the one designated to run the lab, she gets there at 7:00 a.m. and sets up and calibrates all the necessary machinery to run tests on blood, numerous bodily fluids, urine, and tissue. Using automated equipment to compile results for these tests, things like cell count, toxic components, and morphology are looked for. Cell count is often used and must be done without machinery…

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    How can working 3rd shift cause more health issues for women than men working 2nd shift? That is a great question to ask. Is it because the lack of sleep which causes sleep deprivation or because the mind needs ample time to recharge Is it because, effects of sleep deprivation between shifts depending on whether they have adjusted to the shift over time? Is it because sleeping too little or sleeping “against” your body’s natural biological clock could increase the likelihood of developing…

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    Sleep Deprivation Study

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    The study Auditory Attention and Comprehension During a Simulated Night Shift: Effects of Task Characteristics is about negative impacts night shifts and sleep deprivation have on a person. Their logic is that night shifts lead to sleep deprivation which in turn negatively affects performance. Language processing is also observed during the study as well. “Human endogenous circadian rhythms interact with shiftwork resulting in sleep deprivation which negatively affects performance (Reinberg,…

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    Nursing Shortage Analysis

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    Nurses no longer sleep in wards near their patients. The 24-hour clock has been split into shift work. Initially the split was three 8-hour shifts, but in the 1970s to aid in the alleviation of the nursing shortage 24-hour staffing was changed to two 12-hour shifts (Rollins, 2015). Most nurses found the 12-hour shifts appealing. The 12-hour shifts led to less work hours and less work days, allowing nurses to better balance their job and family life. However, this change adversely affected the…

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