Nursing Work Conditions at ANCC-Rated Hospitals Studied

Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media , August 23, 2010

"Who wants to work 10 to 2? Well, as it works out, sometimes folks who are older and don't want to work a long sustained day or folks with school-aged children who want to be there in morning or there when they return home,"she says.

Another aspect is getting commitments from hospitals that nurses can get out on time?that they work the hours they are truly scheduled to work," Trinkoff says. "It's already demanding, and adding to that the anxiety of whether ?I'll be able to leave on time? adds to it. It's a concern," she adds.

"It seems like a good thing for everyone?both for retention, satisfaction, performance, and quality?to look at the rest nurses are able to get. Are they able to be away from work and get time to recuperate?and come back fresh," she says. Overall, this is not just a MRP hospital issue but just a hospital issue.

"We know that [the program] has this issue [scheduling] as part of the focus and we just wanted to assess where things are," she says. "Hopefully, all hospitals will move forward. To me, the results suggest this is something that all hospitals could look at."

Janice Simmons is a senior editor and Washington, DC, correspondent for HealthLeaders Media Online. She can be reached at
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