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For Nurses, Long Shifts Equal Burn Out

Medpage Today: Nurses Burn Out On Long Shifts
Hospital nurses working longer hours were associated with higher levels of burnout, patient dissatisfaction, and safety issues, a study found. Having nurses work shifts of 13 or more hours was associated with increased patient dissatisfaction, a study published in the November issue of Health Affairs found. Also, nurses working shifts of 10 or more hours were two-and-a-half-times more likely than those working shorter shifts to experience job dissatisfaction and intention to leave the job (Pittman, 11/8).

The Associated Press: Dean: Need For Nebraska Nurses Expected To Grow
Nebraska already faces a shortage of nurses and primary care doctors, but a top dean at the University of Nebraska Medical Center said Thursday that the need will grow even more under the federal health care law. Juliann Sebastian, dean of the university's College of Nursing, said the increase in insured Nebraskans as a result of the law will prompt more to visit doctors' offices for preventative care (Schulte, 11/8).

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