The association of shift characteristics and nursing missed vital observations and sickness absence. Retrospective observational study using routinely collected data.
15 Oct 2018

The association of shift characteristics and nursing missed vital observations and sickness absence. Retrospective observational study using routinely collected data.

Published Date: 15 Oct 2018

The problem

How shift work is organised affects nurses’ job performance and wellbeing. There are several characteristics of shift work e.g. shift length, overtime, consecutive shifts, fixed/rotating schedules, that can impact on nurse and patient outcomes, but none of these have been studied together.

Solution

Access to routinely collected data on ward nurses’ shifts patterns data, missed vital signs observations and nurses’ absenteeism was granted. Researchers have achieved a large data set consisting of:

• 630,000 nurses’ shifts in 32 wards of a large Wessex NHS Trust

• 3,300,000 vital signs observations recorded

What will happen next?

CLAHRC Wessex will model these variables to establish associations between shift characteristics and outcomes.

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