Does shift work affect sleep patterns among nurses?
sleeping patterns , nursing , College of Sciences and Health Professions , Amankwaa, Linda
Sleep and sleep quality are important to maintaining a healthy quality of life. Nurses that work long hour shifts, more importantly, consecutive shifts, often feel the effects of not acquiring enough sleep or enough quality sleep. The question answered here is whether shift work affects sleeping patterns among nurses. In addition to that question, another question answered is whether or not the lack of sleep related to shift hours effects overall quality of life. The results of this study detail the answers to these questions and additionally may encourage nurses to employ health promotion tactics in their own personal lives and not just in their patient’s lives.
Bethany Owens is a registered nurse for an acute care hospital on the medical surgical floor and has 10 years of nursing experience and recently received her Master’s Degree in Science of Nursing with a concentration in Family Nurse Practitioner from Albany State University in Albany Georgia. During her studies at Albany State University, Bethany completed a research study covering the effects of nursing shift work on sleep patterns. During her career, Bethany was an integral part of an innovative nurse residency. Bethany, additionally, was a part of a small committee as one of only two staff nurses on the panel comprised of physicians, managers, and the CEO of the hospital for a leading edge program that involved taking patient rounds to the beside with the entire interdisciplinary care team. As a front line staff member on that committee, Bethany was able to help construct and conceptualize how the program would best fit the particular needs of that hospital. Bethany lives in a small town just outside of Athens, Georgia.