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NIOSH Training for Nurses on Shift Work and Long Work Hours

Warning Signs

“I got a speeding ticket one time going home [from work]. Didn’t realize I was going 55 miles per hour in a 25… I felt very alarmed… I really could’ve hurt someone, or myself.”
-Quote from a nurse who rotates to night shift

Recognize warning signs of drowsy driving

  • Difficulty focusing, frequent blinking, or heavy eyelids
  • Daydreaming; wandering/disconnected thoughts
  • Trouble remembering the last few miles driven; missing exits or traffic signs
  • Yawning repeatedly or rubbing your eyes
  • Trouble keeping your head up
  • Drifting from your lane, tailgating, or hitting a shoulder rumble strip
  • Feeling restless and irritable
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