NIOSH Training for Nurses on Shift Work and Long Work Hours
Organizational factors in the work setting concerning occupational safety and health must be considered when attempting to introduce on-the-job napping.34,38,39 Unfortunately, there is sometimes misunderstanding among both management and workers about the use and benefits of napping at work, which may cause a barrier to its use.
- Customize the nap strategies for your workplace.
- If you are asked to develop effective napping strategies for your staff, consider the shift schedule, workplace policies, and individual differences. (See Module 4 for a discussion of individual differences.)
- Consider the length of nap, timing, and scheduling naps. Within-shift naps could be taken during meal or rest breaks.
- Consider setting up an environment close to the work area that is conducive for a nap: quiet, dark, comfortable, and cool. It is helpful to have a dedicated nap room for nurses that does not expose them to slamming doors or other noises and has a lock on the door. It could include a comfortable bed, an alarm clock, and clean bed linens and pillow cases. Nurses could use eye masks and ear plugs to block out light and noise further.