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Women’s Death Prompts Questions About the Effects of Long Shifts

A 31-year-old Japanese woman recently died from overworking after she logged 159 hours of overtime in a single month. As a result of her death, many are starting to question the ongoing issue of Japan’s work culture. However, Japan isn’t the only country that faces this issue. According to the International Labour Organization, Americans work 137 more hours per year than Japanese workers, 260 more hours per year than British workers, and 499 more hours per year than French workers. U.S. professions, such as nursing, require employees to work 12-hour shifts and overnights. Although these types of shifts are expected for this occupation, many nurses are exposed to various types of health risks that are associated with prolonged work hours. It is for this reason I wanted to see if you would be interested in publishing a visual resource by Bradley University that highlights several tips on how to reduce risk and manage a long-or late-shift schedule.

To learn more about the importance of managing health risks, especially while working long-hour shifts, view the full infographic.

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