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Effects of night shift schedules on nurses working in a private hospital in South Africa
2003 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The research was conducted in two private hospitals in South Africa. The main domain of this research is to identify effects of night shift schedules on health and psychosocial aspects of nurses working in private hospitals. The aim is to evaluate the extent of physiological and psychosocial hazards imposed on nurses by shift-work. Presently most of South African nurses, working in hospitals are assigned to work a 12-hour shift, be it day or night shift. The assumption is that ergonomically designed shift schedules will reduce the effects of exposure to long hours of night shift. The two hospitals were targeted to gather more organizational information regarding night shift because they have similar administrative processes. Two groups of nurses were involved in the study, those working on day shift and those on night shift. Day shift nurses were included as a group that is also assigned to work on night shift when their turn comes, working as rotational staff for a certain period. Thirty-eight nurses participated as respondents to a questionnaire and 26 nurses participated as a focus group. The results of this study reveal that night shift cause psychosocial strain and physiological strain to nurses, especially those working a quick rotation. Nurses expressed more complaints about night shift as compared to day shift. Few nurses prefer to work on the night shift. The majority of those prefer night shift due to social problems such as transport.

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Keyword [en]
Technology, Shift schedules, Night shift, Circadian rhythms
Keyword [sv]
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-53716ISRN: LTU-EX--03/084--SELocal ID: ab7b7540-235c-41d9-97c6-cfc582fc046eOAI: diva2:1027092
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Student thesis, at least 15 credits
Educational program
Ergonomics, master's level
Validerat; 20101217 (root)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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