Texas BON to issue Position statement on Nursing Work hours

  1. texas bon draft position statement targets nursing work hours

    ...in collaboration with the texas nurses
    association (tna) and their
    governmental affairs committee
    (gac), the board charged the nursing
    practice advisory committee (npac)
    at the october 2006 board meeting to
    develop a position statement on nursing
    work hours and the impact on nursing
    errors and patient safety....

    ...the draft position statement
    incorporates the research on nursing
    work hours. in addition, the npac
    members agreed that ongoing
    collaboration between nurses and
    employers is necessary to assure patient
    safety through schedules and staffing
    plans that allow for adequate rest and
    recuperation time for the nurse.

    readers of the bne bulletin are invited
    to participate in an online survey
    concerning this draft position statement
    at http://www.bne.state.tx.us/practice/

    nurses and the

    public will have an additional

    opportunity to provide input on the
    nursing work hours position statement
    by attending a public hearing on this
    issue to be held wednesday, april 18,
    2007. the board will consider adoption
    of this position statement at the regularly
    scheduled board meeting april 19, 2007.

    see newsletter: ftp://www.bne.state.tx.us/jan07.pdf
    article starts pg 1; statement on pg 4-5. karen

    Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Jan 22, '07
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  3. by   RN34TX
    Well I don't know about all that.

    If the Texas BNE is so concerned about patient safety and errors I think that thay could better spend their time and energy discussing the widespread practice of dangerous staffing ratios in Texas hospitals.

    Besides that, I know what I can handle as far as work hours go and do not not need the BNE interfering with a paternalistic "Father Knows Best" position statement on what my work hours should be. I'm an experienced professional who can and should be left with full autonomy with regard to my work hours. I can regulate myself thank you.

    I'm a healthy adult and perfectly capable of doing 4 12-hour shifts consecutively. (Their position statement recommends no more than 3).

    With that said, I know that some people cannot handle 12-hour shifts period let alone more than 3 in a row, and I know that in some facilities the nurses aren't given a choice.

    No one should be forced to work those kinds of hours if they aren't able or willing to do so and if this position statement prevents that from happening, then that's great.

    However, I wouldn't want to see it being used to regulate someone's work hours who chooses to do so because they want a long stretch of days off without using vacation, school schedules, childcare issues, or for whatever their reasons are for doing 16-hour shifts or 4 or 5 12-hour shifts in a row.
  4. by   bonodonnaonaroll
    Absoutly agree with previous poster. At my current location the Nurses are taking average6-7 patients (Med-Surg), usually with no NA. Occassionally they have had to take up to 9!
    Why can't the board mandate staffing ratios?