Supply Chain Tip of the Week: Alleviate nurse burnout through scheduling flexibility

Since overworking and stressful work environments are noted above as causes of burnout, enabling flexibility in schedules could be key to alleviating burnout, especially if it allows nurses to take time off or work schedules that better fit their lives.1

According to the authors of a paper titled “Flexible Work Practices in Nursing, by The International Center for Human Resources in Nursing," schedule flexibility could include a number of options, from allowing part-time work, to choosing their own schedules for younger nurses, and phased retirement for older nurses. Other flexible options that nurse’s report wanting to have are: the ability to take time off to care for a sick child without penalty; the choice to choose their start and stop times; the ability to work part- or full-time; and, when relevant, the option to work from home. Overall, the report shows that flexible work practices are an important organizational strategy for building an effective, sustainable workforce of substantive nursing staff.

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