Experiences of Nurses Working Night Shift in Regional Australian Hospitals: A Qualitative Case Study

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/335423
Category:
Full-text
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Experiences of Nurses Working Night Shift in Regional Australian Hospitals: A Qualitative Case Study
Other Titles:
Staff Related Clinical Nursing Leadership
Author(s):
Powell, Idona N.
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Non-member
Author Details:
Idona N. Powell, RN, RM, MHlthSc (Man), PGDipClinN (Psychiatry), dona.powell@ncahs.health.nsw.gov.au
Abstract:
Session presented on Friday, July 25, 2014: Purpose: The study aimed to explore experiences of nightshift nurses working in Australian regional hospitals focusing on their relationships with other nightshift nurses, non-nightshift staff and general work satisfaction issues. Study intention was to act as a catalyst to the development and implementation of strategies to create positive change for the nightshift nurses. Methods: The study was conducted at three Australian regional hospitals. Data were derived from semi-structured interviews and participant diaries over a six month period in 2010. The participants were 14 nurses working nights half or more of their total shifts in medical or surgical wards. Thematic analysis of the data was undertaken. Results: The major findings centered on four themes. Work Relationships demonstrated that positive relationships were more common with nurses on the same shift then on opposing shifts. Work Environment revealed nightshift nurses endured poorer working conditions in terms of physical and interpersonal interactions than their daytime counterparts. Work Practices showed nightshift provided opportunity for professional growth for some nurses but produced a slippage in skills for others. Impact on lifestyle and perceptions of others demonstrated nightshift provided nurses with flexibility for family and social activities yet impeded these same activities. The themes were influenced by perceived value and level of control held by the nurses. Conclusion: Nightshift nurses had strong positive relationships with co-workers, but experienced disconnectedness with staff from other shifts and the facility in which they worked. They consider their role was highly critical yet believed they were poorly regarded. While the study took place in regional Australia it has implications for OEC and development member countries. The important areas of interpersonal relationships, effective leadership, work environment, clinical competencies and recognition of the critical role of night nurses must be used to inform future decisions that impact night shift nursing staff.
Keywords:
leadership; night shift nursing; professional development
Repository Posting Date:
17-Nov-2014
Date of Publication:
11 ; 11
Other Identifiers:
INRC14L10
Conference Date:
2014
Conference Name:
25th International Nursing Research Congress
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Hong Kong
Description:
International Nursing Research Congress, 2014 Theme: Engaging Colleagues: Improving Global Health Outcomes. Held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Wanchai, Hong Kong

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dc.language.isoen_USen_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.type.categoryFull-texten
dc.typePresentationen
dc.titleExperiences of Nurses Working Night Shift in Regional Australian Hospitals: A Qualitative Case Studyen
dc.title.alternativeStaff Related Clinical Nursing Leadershipen
dc.contributor.authorPowell, Idona N.en
dc.contributor.departmentNon-memberen
dc.author.detailsIdona N. Powell, RN, RM, MHlthSc (Man), PGDipClinN (Psychiatry), dona.powell@ncahs.health.nsw.gov.auen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/335423-
dc.description.abstractSession presented on Friday, July 25, 2014: Purpose: The study aimed to explore experiences of nightshift nurses working in Australian regional hospitals focusing on their relationships with other nightshift nurses, non-nightshift staff and general work satisfaction issues. Study intention was to act as a catalyst to the development and implementation of strategies to create positive change for the nightshift nurses. Methods: The study was conducted at three Australian regional hospitals. Data were derived from semi-structured interviews and participant diaries over a six month period in 2010. The participants were 14 nurses working nights half or more of their total shifts in medical or surgical wards. Thematic analysis of the data was undertaken. Results: The major findings centered on four themes. Work Relationships demonstrated that positive relationships were more common with nurses on the same shift then on opposing shifts. Work Environment revealed nightshift nurses endured poorer working conditions in terms of physical and interpersonal interactions than their daytime counterparts. Work Practices showed nightshift provided opportunity for professional growth for some nurses but produced a slippage in skills for others. Impact on lifestyle and perceptions of others demonstrated nightshift provided nurses with flexibility for family and social activities yet impeded these same activities. The themes were influenced by perceived value and level of control held by the nurses. Conclusion: Nightshift nurses had strong positive relationships with co-workers, but experienced disconnectedness with staff from other shifts and the facility in which they worked. They consider their role was highly critical yet believed they were poorly regarded. While the study took place in regional Australia it has implications for OEC and development member countries. The important areas of interpersonal relationships, effective leadership, work environment, clinical competencies and recognition of the critical role of night nurses must be used to inform future decisions that impact night shift nursing staff.en
dc.subjectleadershipen
dc.subjectnight shift nursingen
dc.subjectprofessional developmenten
dc.date.available2014-11-17T13:52:07Z-
dc.date.issued11/17/2014-
dc.date.issued11/17/2014en
dc.date.accessioned2014-11-17T13:52:07Z-
dc.conference.date2014en
dc.conference.name25th International Nursing Research Congressen
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen
dc.conference.locationHong Kongen
dc.descriptionInternational Nursing Research Congress, 2014 Theme: Engaging Colleagues: Improving Global Health Outcomes. Held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Wanchai, Hong Kongen
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