The most important finding of the present study is the influence of shift work
, smoking, positive cardiovascular family history and physical work on early arterial aging.
The health consequences of shift work
are something that affects nurses as well as their patients," said ANF Chairperson Joyce Fitzpatrick, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN, FNAP.
Health experts say that doing shift work
can impact health in two ways.
In Canada, where a number of the researchers were based, 7% of heart attacks could be attributed to shift work
The survey results suggested an impact of shift work
on people's work productivity, with one in three shift workers reporting having missed work altogether at least once in the past year because they were too tired.
When examining the effect of night shift work
on different types of skin cancer, although the risk for each skin cancer (basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma) decreased, the strongest association was observed for melanoma.
in nursing: Is it really a risk factor for nurses' health and patients' safety?
It is estimated that the prevalence of shift work
disorder may range as high as 5%.
Single parents have their own set of shift work
Approximately 30% of the nursing population is employed in shift work
(Hughes & Stone, 2004).
Regardless of the reason why a nurse chooses a position that requires shift work
, working noonday-light hours can be detrimental to a nurse's health.
Despite "limited" human data, the IARC panel found "sufficient" evidence from animal experiments to conclude that nighttime shift work
"is probably carcinogenic to humans.