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Workplace: How to fit flexible hours around caring responsibilities

What advice would you give to nurses who wish to work flexible hours to fit in with caring responsibilities?

Question: What advice would you give to nurses who wish to work flexible hours to fit in with caring responsibilities?

Good employers recognise that flexible working helps create a healthy work-life balance for employees and families. They recognise the benefits, such as recruiting and retaining the best staff, and reducing absenteeism and work-related stress.

Nurses may wish to vary hours, or temporarily work part time, perhaps juggling caring responsibilities, undertaking postgraduate studies or working on a project outside nursing.

Explore every aspect of the situation, before approaching your line manager. Be sure you have a clear rationale regarding the circumstances that necessitate the change in work pattern.

Set out to your boss the hurdles you would face if you continued to work regular shifts. Do you need to work reduced hours, only days or only nights or a set pattern of shifts? It is important

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