NURSES in Labasa will be part of three major hospitals that have been identified to pilot the 12-hour shift.
Director Fiji Nursing Services Silina Ledua said the program had been introduced at the Lautoka, Labasa and Colonial War Memorial hospitals.
Mrs Ledua said they were closely monitoring the 12-hour shift trial and its workability.
She said it was still on trial basis and they were aware of the differing views of nurses around the country.
"Whatever impact it has, like everything else, it will have its advantages and disadvantages," said Mrs Ledua.
"The 12-hour shift is also economical in that it reduces nurses' overtime and money saved from this exercise could be diverted into other useful areas that need to be developed."
"Our stand for hospitals in the north is to ensure that resources in the three subdivisional hospitals are well strengthened and that our hospital nurse staffing are sufficient enough to cater for expanding hospitals," she said.
Mrs Ledua confirmed that hospitals in the north expect some development through the New Year, saying it has already begun with the relocation of the Bua Health Centre and the planned expansion of the Savusavu Hospital early next year.