SLEEP DEPRIVATION NEGATIVELY AFFECTS THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF NURSES
As nurses want to achieve a 100% satisfaction rating on patient care, their state of health might not be the same in such condition.
With the fast paced life in the nursing workforce, multiple shifts, tasks, and instructions. Some nurses acquire a working fatigue, depriving themselves to sleep in a matter of time. Affecting their health and safety issues.
The American Academy of Nursing is recommending health care providers to mark adjustments to avoid an exhausted workforce.
In their health care journal, nurses, with their inadequate sleep due to shift work and combined long work hours (e.g., shifts of 12 hr. or more), negatively affects their health, work alertness, patient-care performance, commuting and driving watchfulness leading to unforeseen accidents.
Cited under the same journal is the study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety which shows that vehicular crashes are linked to the driver’s sleep duration:
“Less than 4 hr sleep in past 24 hr increases risk of a crash 11.5 times; 4 to 5 hr of sleep increases risk 4.3 times; 5 to 6 hr of sleep increases risk 1.9 times; and 6 to 7 hr of sleep increases risk 1.3 times.”
For which reason the Academy suggest the following recommendations:
- Urge nurses and employers of health care organizations to educate themselves about the health risks linked to shift work and long work hours and the evidence-based strategies to reduce those risks.
- Urge employers of health care organizations to incorporate evidence-based practices in the design of their employees' work schedules.
- Urge employers to promote a workplace culture that promotes sleep health.
- Encourage employers to recognize the role of shift work, long shifts, and nurse fatigue on turnover, absenteeism, patient safety, and related costs.
- Urge experts to develop additional continuing education courses for nurses and nursing managers that relay evidence-based personal practices and workplace interventions.
Erudite Nursing Institute supports the continual development in healthcare organizations in terms of flexible work shifts vital for the nurses’ health and safety. The institute, hand in hand, with government offices and health sectors strives to achieve a more balanced work-life balance among nurse professionals.
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