Evaluation of an open-rota system in a Danish psychiatric hospital:a mechanism for improving job satisfaction and work-life balance

Pryce, Joanna, Albertsen, Karen and Nielsen, Karina (2006) Evaluation of an open-rota system in a Danish psychiatric hospital:a mechanism for improving job satisfaction and work-life balance. Journal of Nursing Management, 14 (4). pp. 282-288. ISSN 0966-0429

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Abstract

Aims To evaluate the impact of an open-rota scheduling system on the health, work-life balance and job satisfaction of nurses working in a psychiatric ward in Denmark. Background The effects of shift rotation and scheduling are well known; however, little is known about the wider benefits of open-rota systems. Method A structured questionnaire was distributed to control and intervention groups preintervention and postintervention (20 months). Nurses within the intervention group trialed an open-rota system in which nurses designed their own work–rest schedules. Results Nurses in the intervention group reported that they were more satisfied with their work hours, less likely to swap their shift when working within the open-rota system and reported significant increases in work–life balance, job satisfaction, social support and community spirit when compared with nurses in the control groups. Conclusions The ownership and choice over work–rest schedules has benefits for nurses, and potentially the hospital.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: intervention,job satisfaction,scheduling,work-life balance,working hours
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > Norwich Business School
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Employment Systems and Institutions
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2013 12:24
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2018 09:02
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/45309
DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2934.2006.00617.x

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