In this Becker's Hospital Review-hosted webinar, researchers discuss nurse shift patterns, nurse-nurse and nurse-physician collaboration in acute care hospital units, and strategies for improvement.

Nurses often work long hours, and the attendant stress and lack of sleep can impede collaboration with other nurses and physicians and threaten patient safety. Using data from the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators (NDNQI) RN Survey, researchers found that overtime was negatively associated with collaboration among nurses. A one-hour increase in overtime was associated with 0.17 decrease in nurse-nurse collaboration.

Hospital Nurse Shift Patterns and Collaboration

View this replay of Hospital Nurse Shift Patterns and Collaboration: Strategies for Improvement to find out the complete results and learn how to improve collaboration among healthcare providers, as this plays a crucial role in patient safety. Nurses and nurse managers/executives can leverage evidence-based best practices to increase nurse well-being and collaboration including:

  • Using technology solutions to help manage schedules and staffing
  • Monitoring schedules/overtime for excessive numbers of shifts/flips between days/night
  • Creating a culture of safety where staff can say "no" to overtime
  • Seeking supportive work environments with adequate staffing that allow breaks
  • Getting adequate rest before/between shifts, and using caffeine strategically