12-hour shifts: love them or loathe them?
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If there is one issue likely to provoke debate in the nursing community, it’s 12-hour shifts.
Squeezing longer shifts into fewer days is popular with many nurses, who find the arrangement convenient for childcare, caring responsibilities
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