NIOSH Training for Nurses on Shift Work and Long Work Hours
Module 7. Napping, an Important Fatigue Countermeasure
You need to have optimal cognitive functioning when providing treatments, administering medications, and performing other nursing care. Failure to maintain on-the-job alertness can lead to errors and injuries for both you and your patients. When circadian rhythms don’t match up with shift schedules, shift workers often suffer from decreased alertness during the work period and disturbed sleep when needing to sleep in the daytime. These difficulties occur predominantly for those on the night shift.
In this module, we will cover scientific information to help you make strategic use of naps to combat fatigue and sleepiness:
- Describe times of day most suitable for taking a nap
- Explain what both short and long naps can do for you
- Discuss organizational considerations for using naps during work shifts