Work Hours, Overtime, and Break Time of Registered Nurses Working in Medium-Sized Korean Hospitals

Sung Heui Bae, Sung Woo Hwang, Gunjeong Lee

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Abstract

This cross-sectional study used quantitative survey data collected from registered nurses (RNs) who worked as staff nurses in medium-sized (300 beds or less) Korean hospitals. Data from 290 RNs were analyzed to examine the nature and prevalence of staff nurses’ work hours, overtime, breaks, and related work conditions. The results showed that staff nurses working in medium-sized Korean hospitals worked 9.6 hours a day on average and had 1.5 breaks daily, including mealtime. The average number of days the nurses skipped a meal due to work during the last month was 6.1. With respect to skipping bathroom breaks due to work, staff nurses reported that they could not visit the bathroom 7.3 times during the last month. Regarding work conditions, staff nurses working in intensive care units reported having longer daily work hours and were more likely to work 10 hours or more per shift. Nurses with less than 3 years of experience reported longer daily work hours and fewer breaks.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)588-596
Number of pages9
JournalWorkplace Health and Safety
Volume66
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2018

Keywords

  • Korean nurses
  • hospital staff nurses
  • occupational health
  • shift work
  • work condition
  • work hours

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