Challenges and coping strategies on rotational shift work and multishift duty of nurses

International Journal of Research Studies in Psychology
CollabWritive Special Issue
2023 Volume 9 Issue 2

Available Online: 31 December 2023


Manalo, Trina Jean R.
Graduate School, Lyceum of the Philippines University – Batangas, Philippines


This study explores the challenges faced by nurses in a rotating and multi-shift duty schedule, aiming to compare and evaluate these challenges, identify coping strategies, and propose wellness programs. A descriptive quantitative study, utilizing a survey questionnaire, was conducted on 125 night-duty nurses, examining socio-demographic profiles and experiences. Findings revealed that nurses in rotational and multishift duty faced sleep deprivation, sleep disorders, unhealthy eating habits, increased body weight, and psychological stress. Socially, night shift work was perceived as moderately strenuous, with inadequate recognition compared to day-shift counterparts. Comparing rotational and multishift work, respondents favored multishift schedules for their continuity, facilitating better coping. Coping strategies for rotational shift nurses included stress relief through eating and having fun, adopting behaviors for relaxation. Multishift nurses prioritized problem-solving after calming down. This study underscores the need for wellness programs to address challenges associated with rotating and multishift schedules, emphasizing their impact on sleep, mental health, and lifestyle choices. Implementing strategies that recognize and mitigate these challenges is crucial for promoting the overall well-being of nurses in demanding work environments.

Keywords: challenges, coping strategies, rotational, shiftwork, multishift



Cite this article:
Manalo, T. J. R. (2023). Challenges and coping strategies on rotational shift work and multishift duty of nurses. International Journal of Research Studies in Psychology, 9(2), 63-71.