The author of a study linking nurses' decision regret with fatigue has called 12-hour shifts "one of the worst things we ever did."
I wrote about that study recently and it touched a raw nerve; I received email and comments from lots of readers. They not only agreed that 12-hour shifts are a bad idea, but also pointed out a number of nuances about the matter that working nurses know very well:
And more than one reader pointed out the issue of nurses working multiple jobs. This is an interesting problem because it undermines efforts from hospitals and sometimes even states to reduce nurse fatigue.