One of the nurses in the "six-hour workday" program, Gabriele Tikman.
One of the nurses in the "six-hour workday" program, Gabriele Tikman. Credit: Ylva Carlqvist Warnborg/SR

Reduced working hours result in shorter surgery wait time

As part of an ongoing “six-hour project” study at a hospital in Mölndal, orthopedic surgery nurses worked 32 hours instead of 38 hours a week with the same pay.

This pilot program has been receiving mixed reviews.

Peter Dahm, the hospital’s operation manager, questioned whether this initiative is too costly.

“The more I see how it works in the department, the more I think about it. As of now, the project will not be affordable, but give it more time and we’ll see,” he told Swedish Radio.

On the other hand, surgical wait time has been significantly reduced and staff turnover has dropped from 30 to 10 percent.

Gabriele Tikman, one of the nurses participating, raved about the pilot.

“It is a fantastic project. It’s great to be able to recover, there is joy both at home and at work,” Tikman said.

Stress researcher Goran Kecklund said that the initiative can help reduce job stress, but there is concern that the reduced working schedule for a select number of health workers and could result in unwelcomed competition from those not lucky enough to participate.

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