NIOSH Training for Nurses on Shift Work and Long Work Hours

(Revised October 2019)
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication Number 2015-115

Training and Education

CDC Course Numbers: WB4217 and WB4218

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. WB4217) 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. WB4218) 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 [2015]. NIOSH training for nurses on shift work and long work hours. By Caruso CC, Geiger-Brown J, Takahashi M, Trinkoff A, Nakata A. Cincinnati, OH: US Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2015-115 (Revised 10/2019). https://doi.org/10.26616/NIOSHPUB2015115revised102019external icon

Technical Requirements

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

Instructions to obtain a continuing education certificate 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 (https://www.cdc.gov/getce).
    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 WB4217; for Part 2 search for WB4218.
  4. Click on the course. The course information page will come up. Scroll down to register here. Click on the type of certificate that you would like to receive. 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). To receive a continuing education certificate, you must correctly answer 70% of the questions.
  7. Complete the course evaluation.
  8. You will be able to immediately print your continuing education certificate 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: https://tceols.cdc.gov/Home/Contact.

Course Objectives

  1. Explain why shift work and long work hours can lead to health and safety risks.
  2. Identify a broad range of health and safety risks that are linked to shift work and long work hours.
  3. Identify individual factors that can lead to differences in a nurse’s ability to adjust to shift work and long work hours.
  4. Identify workplace strategies managers can implement to reduce risks from shift work and long work hours.
  5. Identify strategies nurses can implement in their personal lives to reduce risks from shift work and long work hours.

Target Audience

Registered Nurses, administrators and safety professionals

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Accreditation Statements

WB4217 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.

CEU: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is authorized by IACET to offer 0.2 CEU’s for this program.

For Certified Public Health Professionals (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.

WB4218 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.

CEU: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is authorized by IACET to offer 0.2 CEU’s for this program.

For Certified Public Health Professionals (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.

CDC did not accept commercial support for this continuing education activity.

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 at https://tceols.cdc.gov/Home/Contact

Please email NIOSH Sleep (nioshsleep@cdc.gov) with any questions regarding this course.

Faculty and Other Contributors


List of Revisions
Revision Date Revisions Citation of Revision
May, 2015 (Original) 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/]
October, 2019 New continuing education (CE) certificates through CDC Training and Continuing Education Online for this training launched on 10/15/2019 to replace the CE programs which expired on 10/15/2019. The edits required to make the training eligible for continuing education certificates for another 2 years included these the landing page, Learning Objectives page, Accreditation Statement page, Part 1 course completion page, and Part 2 course completion page.
  • New course numbers (WB2408 changed to WB4217; WB2409 changed to WB4218)
  • New origination date and expiration date
  • Removing ‘audit’ certificates which are not offered now
  • Updates to faculty titles who had changed jobs
  • Updates to CDC Training and Continuing Education Online website URL
  • Updates to simplify the instructions to process the continuing education certificates
  • Other wording changes required by CDC Training and Continuing Education Online
NIOSH [2015]. NIOSH training for nurses on shift work and long work hours. By Caruso CC, Geiger-Brown J, Takahashi M, Trinkoff A, Nakata A. Cincinnati, OH: US Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2015-115 (Revised 10/2019). https://doi.org/10.26616/NIOSHPUB2015115revised102019external icon

 

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