Current research on nurses’ shift length does not adequately address the nurses’ own perspectives and experiences. This study is hosted by the VNA on behalf of a team of nurse researchers at the University of Virginia , assisted by the UVA Center for Survey Research, and the research leads from the VA Magnet Consortium. Our goal is to capture the experiences and preferences of direct care, front-line staff nurses regarding shift length. To that end, in this survey, you will be asked about your work setting and impressions of how various outcomes vary by shift length. 

Please note, that generally when we discuss shift length, we are referring to shifts that you are typically scheduled to work, not shifts that become longer due to patient care needs, requests for overtime, etc. 
We understand that there are many different possible shift lengths at different facilities, but to keep things simple we will ask you to focus on the trade-offs associated with 8-hour shifts versus 12-hour shifts. 
The questionnaire takes 12-15 minutes for most nurses.   Of course, if there’s any question you don’t wish to answer, you may skip it. 
Your answers will be kept confidential and no nurse or facility will be identifiable in the reports of this research. 
Thank you for your interest and participation in this study!

The UVA research team includes Teresa Haller, MSN, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, Beth Quatrara, DNP, RN, CMSRN, ACNS-BC, Lisa Letzkus DNP, RN, CPNP-AC, CCRN, and Jessica Keim-Malpass, PhD, RN. If you have questions about the study, please email Teresa Haller at  

This study was approved by the UVA Institutional Review Board for Social and Behavioral Sciences, IRB No. 2017-0441-00.