How are nurse shifts organized? We spend many hours of our life at work. The temporary distribution of the working day directly affects our quality of life and, consequently, our state of mind and our productivity as workers.

Do you take care of the nurse scheduling and schedules of an organization? Some companies usually prioritize the efficiency of productive processes or attention to the public, forgetting that this would not be possible without their workers; without that human support that makes it possible.

If within your functions is the temporary distribution of the nurses of your hospital, this post will help you to reflect and improve the quality of the shift organization in your team and, consequently, your well-being and your productivity.

7 tips to organize work shifts of nurses


1. Your organization

Work shifts should be strategically adapted to the structure, size, location and business objectives, as well as the characteristics of the departments and the number of workers. The nature of the services offered or the behavior of the demand for your products directly affects the workday of the workers. However, it does not always affect all departments equally. Once the budgets and the tasks to be performed are known, it identifies the affected departments in order to reduce the impact on the part of the organization in which there is no need for rotation.

2. The health of your workers

Shift work can alter physiological systems (sleep disturbances, feeding ...). It is advisable to schedule rotations of shifts to distribute these hours equally among workers. The most recommended option is to rotate turns slowly, in order to alter as little as possible, the employees' natural sleep. Do it for your health, for your performance in the workplace and to reduce the accident rate.

3. Your personal life

As human beings, we need emotional stability. Make sure that workers can organize their free time with the type of social interaction that each one chooses: family life, sports, hobbies ... This stability affects our health, helps us to manage emotions and to be more flexible in the workplace.

4. Compensation program

It is recommended to propose measures to compensate for night shifts and work on weekends and holidays. Physical exhaustion and the impact on the worker's personal life requires extra motivation to boost work performance.

5. Planning and communication

Plan in detail and make revisions periodically. In addition, we advise you to communicate the planning days in advance to be able to listen to your employees if they have any kind of incompatibility and allow them to organize their free time.

6. Use technology

There is many nurse scheduling software in the market that can help you plan, communicate and keep track of your workers' schedules. Some of them are come with limited features but some are the solution of your every problem such as Parim.


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