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Rotas and shift patterns: who should make the decisions?

What nurses told us about lack of control over their shifts and cost to work-life balance
Image of clocks showing different times, illustrating the different shifts and shift patterns for nurses

What nurses told us about lack of control over their shifts, and the cost to work-life balance and well-being

  • Joint Nursing Standard-University of Southampton survey found that 43% of nurses have no control over their rotas
  • One third of those surveyed prefer long shifts, but opinion is divided over the safety of this shift option and its impact of nurse well-being
  • How more nuanced solutions and shift patterns could improve work-life balance and well-being

Nearly half of nurses (43%) have no say in their shift patterns and more than a quarter (28%) are unsatisfied with their work-life balance, according to a joint survey by Nursing Standard and the University of Southampton (UoS).

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