Graduation Year


Document Type

Senior Thesis


Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Primary Major


Thesis Advisor

Patricia Harris PhD, RN, CNS


In this thesis the relationship between normal shift length for nurses and fatigue, burnout, intention to leave job, and patient outcomes and satisfaction. A review of literature has been done and conclusions have been made about the previous research reviewed in the thesis. A proposal for further research has been included and details how the author plans to provide further clarification to the questions at hand in order to better clinical nursing practice for the future. The proposed study includes sending out a survey to members of the Sigma Theta Tau Honors Nursing Society. It will inquire about shift length, job satisfaction, percentage of work finished, intention to leave job, as well as state of mental and physical health. The data will be analyzed using ANOVA to compare the means of data using shift length, which will be separated into three incremental categories, to compare. The aim of the study will be to use the existing literature and expand upon it looking specifically at nurses in the San Francisco Bay Area and even more specifically at members of Sigma Theta Tau Honors Society.