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Nurses: How Do They Manage?

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The editors at Best Nursing Masters Degrees decided to research the topic of:

How Do Nurses Do It?

How do nurses balance work, family, going back to school and personal well being?

Nurses Can Be Stretched Thin

- Nurses work longer than their shift length 81% of the time
- 19% of nurses work two or more jobs for multiple employers.
- Nurses average 6.7 hours of sleep on the days that they work.
- When nurses work overtime, the average amount of time worked over scheduled hours is 49 minutes.

Flexibility Allows Nurses to Create Balance

- Career options: school, researcher, educator
- 56.2% of all RNs work in hospitals
- 29% in Government, NGO and EDU positions
- 8% in physicians offices
- 5% in home care
- 5%in Nursing care facilities
- 3% in employment services
- scheduling flexibility
- 12 hour shifts, 10 hour, 8 hour shifts are the norm
- longer shifts allow nurses to work fewer days in a week
- 4 hour shifts becoming more prevalent as baby boomers
- The mean age of a nurse in the state is 47.3 years old.
- In New York, 75.5% of nurses are over the age of 40 and nearly 31% are over age 55.
- Pick Your Shift
- Every weekend plan with benefit option (EWP)
- This is a pattern of working every weekend.
- These nurses often receive a higher rate of pay.
- Flexible schedule plan in lieu of benefts (FSP)
- These nurses work without benefits at a higher rate of pay to supplement full-time, part-time and casual staff as needed.
- The length of the shift may vary depending on the unit's needs.
- Casual status
- A casual nurse is used to supplement regularly scheduled staff.
- A casual nurse shall be called or scheduled to work in a manner mutually agreeable between the nurse and the hospital.
- These nurses are often required to work at least two shifts in a four-week schedule
- Float Pool
- Nurses have the opportunity to float between networked hospitals.
- Shared positions
- Two nurses work together to share one full-time position.

Supportive Environments Help Nurses Cope

- Peer support
- 76% of nurses are "satisfied" or "very satisfied" with their jobs
- 2nd most popular reason for Nursing job satisfaction: "Colleagues, working relationships and team collaboration"
- second only to "caring for patients and making a difference"
- 24% of all Registered Nurses are members of the forum
- (2,909,357 RNs in the U.S., 691,742 on forum)
- Continued Education
- Over 650 free continued education courses are offered (usually for free) from most hospital employers
- tuition assistance is offered to many nurses to achieve graduate programs
- to date, 11% of RNs have earned Master's degrees