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12 Hour Shifts

The Nursing Organizations Alliance’s Principals of Fatigue that Impact Safe Nursing Practice states that "Nurses and their employers have an ethical responsibility to take appropriate steps to provide safe patient care when they are aware of situations of nurse fatigue in the employment setting.”


Yet, nurses across the U.S. frequently face situations that spawn fatigue in their workplace, including mandatory overtime, 12-hour shifts, chronic short staffing, peer pressure and more. In many instances, this will lead to negative outcomes for both the registered nurse and their patients. In 2011, GNA’s Membership Assembly approved the reference report entitled "12-Hour Shifts and Fatigue.”


In the report, GNA concluded, "There is a growing body of evidence that 12-hour nursing shifts have a number of consequences for employers, nursing staff and patients.”


You can view the full 2011 GNA Reference Report by clicking HERE.


The nursing practice section of the American Nurses Association’s (ANA) web site also features several workforce resources related to 12-hour shifts, nurse fatigue, staffing and more. Visit for more.




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