Nursing Students’ Perceptions of the Transition to Shift Work: A Total Worker Health Perspective

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Abstract

Nursing students make an abrupt transition from traditional classes to clinical rotations and shift work. Little is known about students’ sleep, sleep disturbances, and safe practice behaviors during this critical phase of professional development. The purpose of this study was to identify nursing students’ perceptions of problems and potential solutions related to shift work and long work hours. This qualitative, descriptive study used two nursing student focus groups which engaged in a two-round participatory process aimed at framing future interventions. Participants identified problems and solutions related to personal and workplace well-being. Findings will inform undergraduate curricular revisions, and hospital hiring and managerial practices.

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