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Rotating shifts are associated with an increased risk of work-family and family-work conflicts and with decreased work-related quality-of-life
  1. Lynn Unruh
  1. School of Global Health Management and Informatics, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Lynn Unruh, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida, USA; lynn.unruh{at}

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Commentary on: Al-Hammouri MM, Rababah JA. Work family conflict, family work conflicts and work-related quality of life: The effect of rotating versus fixed shifts. J Clin Nurs. 2023 Aug;32(15–16):4887–4893. doi: 10.1111/jocn.16581. Epub 2022 Nov 11.

Implications for practice and research

  • Given this study’s findings of the negative impact of rotating shifts on nurses’ work and family life, the use of rotating shifts in hospitals should be reconsidered.

  • Since this is the first study to be conducted on the topic, more research is needed.


Rotating shifts are a common way for hospitals to distribute night shift work instead of keeping nurses in fixed night shifts.1 Although research indicates that fixed shift work has negative effects on nurses’ health and quality …

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  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.