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NIOSH Training for Nurses on Shift Work and Long Work Hours

May 2015
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication Number 2015-115

Training and Education

CDC Course Numbers: WB2408 and WB2409

Course Description

The purpose of this online training program is to educate nurses and their managers about the health and safety risks associated with shift work, long work hours, and related workplace fatigue issues and relay strategies in the workplace and in the nurse’s personal life to reduce these risks. Part 1 (CDC Course No. WB2408) is designed to increase knowledge about the wide range of risks linked to these work schedules and related fatigue issues and promote understanding about why these risks occur. This knowledge provides background information for Part 2 of the training program. Part 2 (CDC Course No. WB2409) is designed to increase knowledge about personal behaviors and workplace systems to reduce these risks. Content for this training program is derived from scientific literature on shift work, long work hours, sleep, and circadian rhythms.

Suggested Citation:

NIOSH, Caruso CC, Geiger-Brown J, Takahashi M, Trinkoff A, Nakata A. [2015]. NIOSH training for nurses on shift work and long work hours. (DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2015-115). Cincinnati, OH: US Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. [www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2015-115/]

Technical Requirements

Computer hardware (desktop, laptop, tablet, mobile devices); internet connection. To run this course, your web browser must support and enable JavaScript.

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Instructions for registered nurses to obtain a continuing education certificate or for other persons to obtain a certificate of completion through the CDC Training and Continuing Education Online system:

  1. View course, NIOSH Training for Nurses on Shift Work and Long Work Hours, online at www.cdc.gov/niosh/work-hour-training-for-nurses
    This course is divided into 2 continuing education programs called Part 1 and Part 2.
  2. After you complete each Part of the course, go to CDC Training and Continuing Education Online (http://www2a.cdc.gov/TCEOnline/).
    1. If you have not registered as a participant, click on new participant to create a user ID and password; otherwise click on participant login and login.
    2. If you have registered in this system before, please use the same login name and password. This will ensure an accurate transcript.
  3. Once you have logged in/registered, click on search and keyword search for courses: for Part 1 search for WB2408; for Part 2 search for WB2409.
  4. Click on the course. The course information page will come up. Scroll down to register here. Click on the type of CNE or AUDIT credit that you would like to receive and then submit. Three demographic questions will come up. Complete the questions and then submit.
  5. From "Participant services," click on "evaluations and tests"
  6. You will be redirected to the posttest. Answer the questions in the posttest (all answers are in the course material). Registered nurses applying for a continuing education certificate must correctly answer 70% of the questions.
  7. Complete the course evaluation.
  8. You will be able to immediately print your continuing education certificate or certificate of completion from your personal transcript.
  9. A record of your completion will be located in the transcript and certificate section of your record.
  10. If you have any questions or problems contact CDC Training and Continuing Education Online at: 1-800-41TRAIN or 404-639-1292.

Course Objectives

  1. Discuss the health and safety risks connected with shift work and long work hours.
  2. Discuss the theory explaining why these risks occur.
  3. Identify individual differences that influence a nurse's ability to adjust to shift work and extended work hours.
  4. Discuss strategies that managers can use to improve the design of work schedules and to improve other aspects of the organization of the work.
  5. Discuss strategies that nurses can use in their personal lives to reduce the health and safety risks.

Target Audience

Registered Nurses

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Accreditation Statements

WB2408 NIOSH Training for Nurses on Shift Work and Long Work Hours, Part 1

CNE: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accredited as a provider of Continuing Nursing Education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
This activity provides 1.5 contact hours.

IACET CEU: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is authorized by IACET to offer 0.1 CEU's for this program.

CPH: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a pre-approved provider of Certified in Public Health (CPH) recertification credits and is authorized to offer 2 CPH recertification credits for this program.

WB2409 NIOSH Training for Nurses on Shift Work and Long Work Hours, Part 2

CNE: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accredited as a provider of Continuing Nursing Education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
This activity provides 1.7 contact hours.

IACET CEU: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is authorized by IACET to offer 0.1 CEU's for this program.

CPH: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a pre-approved provider of Certified in Public Health (CPH) recertification credits and is authorized to offer 2 CPH recertification credits for this program.

Disclosure Statement

In compliance with continuing education requirements, all presenters must disclose any financial or other associations with the manufacturers of commercial products, suppliers of commercial services, or commercial supporters as well as any use of unlabeled product(s) or product(s) under investigational use.

CDC, our planners, content experts, and their spouses/partners wish to disclose they have no financial interests or other relationships with the manufacturers of commercial products, suppliers of commercial services, or commercial supporters. Planners have reviewed content to ensure there is no bias.

Content will not include any discussion of the unlabeled use of a product or a product under investigational use.
Support/Funding: This program was developed solely using CDC funds.

Fees: No fees are charged for CDC's CE activities.

Contact Information

For assistance with registration, completing the course assessment and posttest, transcripts, and printing continuing education certificates, please contact CSELS Training and Continuing Education. TCEO can be reached via:

Online: Training and Continuing Education Online: Help (http://www2a.cdc.gov/TCEOnline/help.asp)
Email: Training and continuing Education Online (ce@cdc.gov)
Phone: 1-800-41-TRAIN (Monday- Friday 8:00am-4:00pm ET)
Please email NIOSH Sleep (nioshsleep@cdc.gov) with any questions regarding this course.

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