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Relationships between comprehensive characteristics of nurse work schedules and adverse patient outcomes: a systematic literature review.

Bae S‐H. J Clin Nurs. 2021;Epub Feb 23.

The relationship between resident and physician duty hours and patient safety has been the focus of a lot of research. The relationship between nurse work schedules and patient safety is less explored. This review investigated the effect of extended or excessive nurse schedules on patient outcomes. Findings conclude that working more than 12 hours daily or more than 40 hours weekly may contribute to adverse patient outcomes. The authors recommend creating policies restricting nurse shifts to no more than 12 hours per day and 40 hours per week.