Factors associated with hospital staff nurses working on-call hours: A pilot study

Sung Heui Bae, Alison Trinkoff, Hongjuan Jing, Carol Brewer

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When nurses work on-call hours, they have limited ability to control the hours they work. Nurses may be required to work extra hours and, if they are unable to detach from work during break time, can experience fatigue and sleep disturbances. Previous studies have not examined factors associated with on-call work. In this pilot study, the authors examined state regulatory, organizational, and personal factors related to nurse on-call hours. Data were collected from registered nurses working in hospitals in two states; the final analytic sample consisted of 219 nurses. The authors found that four variables (teaching hospital employment, patient-to-nurse ratio, race/ethnicity of the nurse, and living with children) were significantly related to working on-call hours. Additional research is needed to understand nurse on-call hours and develop agency policies to promote nurses' health and well-being.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)203-211
Number of pages9
JournalWorkplace Health and Safety
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2013


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