I'm a RN in the Bay Area, CA and there is a trend in the past 3 yrs that I've noticed. Hospitals are getting rid of 12 hr shifts and converting them to 8 hrs; can anyone tell me why? Does this save money from the Hospitals in the log end?
A Managers insight would be great!
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May 22, '13
When a hospital looks at the bottom line ($$) they consider many factors. The largest percent of a hospital budget is in staffing with nursing taking the largest of that. So indeed that is a consideration. However they also look at compliance with codes, reimbursements, litigation risk etc.
Evidenced based research has shown that after the 8th - 9th hour on duty the risk of nurse error especially in medication administration. To reduce this high risk of error and the high cost of settlements many are returning to the 8 hour shift. You can research this subject on the ANA, JACHO, and CDC website for more information.
Last edit by PrayeRNurse on May 22, '13
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