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NIOSH Training for Nurses on Shift Work and Long Work Hours

Plan for Work and Family Responsibilities

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Develop a strategy for work-related demands: arrive at work well rested; have a plan for how you will respond when asked to work extra; have a plan for what you will do after completing a demanding schedule and are too tired to drive home; and have a plan for what to do when meetings are scheduled during your optimal sleep times.

Likewise, develop a strategy for home-related demands: educate family and friends about your special needs, and with their involvement, develop a plan for your time with them that protects your optimal time for sleep and rest.

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