Nurses often schedule themselves or are asked to work extra shifts. Twelve hour shifts have become very popular in healthcare institutions. These factors, along with other professional and personal factors, can contribute to sleep deprivation, and can affect the nurse’s health, as well as their ability to perform safe patient care.
Read the following article:
- Eanes, L. (2015). The potential effects of sleep loss on a nurse’s health. American Journal of Nursing, 115(4), 34-40. doi:10.1097/01.NAJ.0000463025.42388.10
Initial Discussion Post:
You are working with a new RN who has been employed on your unit for two months. She has recently begun course work for an advanced degree, and has been offering to work extra shifts to pay her tuition.
- Identify one (1) acute and one (1) chronic effect of sleep loss that could impact the RN’s health, and describe precautions you would suggest to prevent the problems.
- Identify a suggestion you would make to the unit manager regarding this issue.
Base your initial post on your readings and research of this topic.Your initial post must contain a minimum of 250 words. References, citations, and repeating the question do not count towards the 250 word minimum.