Editorial

Flexible shift patterns work for everyone

Around one third of nurses in England work 12-hour shifts, and anecdotal evidence suggests that such working arrangements are popular. Many nurses like condensing their working week into a shorter burst of a few days, and save money on their travel costs into the bargain. Managers claim that the reduced number of handovers between shifts is more efficient and safer, given that there are fewer opportunities for messages to be lost in translation.

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