Analysis

Rotas and shift patterns: who should make the decisions?

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

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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