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Dr Chiara Dall'Ora BSc, MSc, PhD, RN

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Chiara qualified as a Registered Nurse in Italy and she then pursued a Master in Nursing and Midwifery Sciences. She has completed her PhD within Health Sciences.  Chiara’s PhD was about nurses’ shift work. She analysed a large dataset of nurses’ shifts from an NHS Trust using multilevel techniques.

Chiara holds the position of visiting researcher for the NIHR CLAHRC Wessex.

Enabling nurses to work the safest shift patterns and ensuring that staffing is planned to have the right people with the right skills in place. This is at the heart of my research.

Chiara has extensive knowledge of shift work, both for her experience as a registered nurse, and thanks to the research that she has been carrying out in the past years: she got involved into a large European workforce study, the RN4CAST study, to explore the relationship between nurse working hours and quality/safety outcomes and nurse outcomes. Results of this research have been published on international journals and have been presented at several international conferences.


12-Hour Shift Workers burnout
12-Hour Shift Workers burnout

12-hour shift workers are more prone to burnout

A recent study published in the online journal BMJ Open looked at 12-plus-hour hospital nursing shifts and the link between burnout or job dissatisfaction. Listen to Chiara's interview  on the Dr. Leigh Vinocur Show

Research interests

The aim of my current research is to investigate the association between patterns of nurses’ shift work in acute hospital wards, job performance and nurses’ wellbeing at work. When this study is complete, I hope we can have reliable data to inform shift planning in the NHS.

I am also interested and involved in projects looking at the effects of variation in nurses’ staffing levels on patient outcomes.

Affiliate Research Group(s)

National Institute for Health Research Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (Wessex)

Affiliate research group

Health Work

Research project(s)

Nurse staffing levels, missed vital signs observations and mortality in hospital wards: modelling the consequences and costs of variations in nurse staffing and skill mix

This retrospective observational study uses routinely collected data on ward and shift level nurse staffing, vital signs observations and patient outcomes in 32 general wards in order to explore the relationship between nurse staffing levels and mortality in hospital.

Nurse Forecasting in Europe

This study, undertaken in collaboration with a large international consortium seeks to explore how the size and composition of the registered nursing workforce affects the quality of care in hospitals.

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  • Literature reviews
  • Safe staffing research
  • Clinical guidelines


3rd year final projects for Bachelor of Nursing students  

Dr Chiara Dall'Ora
Health Sciences Student Office University of Southampton Highfield Southampton SO17 1BJ

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