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The purpose of this site is to facilitate a better understanding of the current opinions of neonatal nurse pratitioners. Your participation is desired and needed. Please carefully read and fill out the  2 minute survey below. You may only choose one answer per question. This survey is time limited and will close soon. ONLY NEONATAL NURSE PRACTITIONERS SHOULD COMPLETE THIS SURVEY! Please do not attempt to take the survey more than once.

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  1. The 24 hours allows me to maintain my home (a small farm) plus care for family members on my days off. Most of the NP hours available in my area are 16 hour nights. If I were forced to work nights, I would be more fatigued (since I wouldn’t be allowed any rest time) than if I worked 24 continuous hours. I can always manage to find some down time even it if is a busy night. I wouldn’t be able maintain my lifestyle if I were forced to give up the 24 hour shifts. It is a long shift but worth the trade-off of more time off.

  2. For NNPs, the alternative to 24 hr shifts is often night shifts. I function much better on 24 hr shifts than night shifts. On a 24 hr shift, I have rounded during the day on the patients, I have known the patients all day & have a comparison for their PE if something changes during the night. I am LESS fatigued working 24 hours shifts because I am allowed more days off and I maintain a day schedule which is normal for my body’s natural rhythms. If I work night shift, I would probably have to leave my NNP position because I would be too fatigued trying to maintain my family while working a night schedule. It is safer for me to work day shift or 24 hour shifts than night shifts or rotating shifts and it is better for my quality of life.

    • I am in complete agreement. I not only feel that I benefit personally from 24 hour shifts, but feel that the impact on the babies is positive. There has been a lot of focus on fatigue and errors associated with 24 hr shifts and most of this data is extrapolated from studies on resident fatigue. There are major differences, the primary one being that after my 24 hour shift I am usually off for several days. This is not so for residents who have to work the next day again. It’s apples and oranges. As we all know babies love to act up at night and it is to their benefit that I have rounded on them during the day and have a comparison for their PE if something changes during the night. We hear far more about fatigue and stress adversely affecting our patients and equal print should be given to the benefits for the patients of 24 hour shifts.

  3. As an NNP that has worked in numerous facilities , my husband was military, I only wish I had the opportunity to work 24 hour shifts while I was raising my children. 24 hour shifts would have afford me much more time with my children exspecially while their father was deployed. I don’t believe patient care is compromised by 24 hour shifts, however I am concerned when those shifts become 48 and 72 hours.


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