Action Steps for Nurse Managers
Key Message: Make your staff nurses' sleep a priority. The hospital and patients will greatly benefit from alert, well-rested staff nurses.
Develop policies that promote alertness of staff by protecting their rest days, and avoid policies that encourage excessive overtime.
Schedule meetings and in-services or other means of communication for night and evening workers at times that will not interfere with their optimal sleep times.
Promote meal breaks and rest breaks during the shift. Remember that rest breaks reduce fatigue and the risk for accidents and errors.
Recognizing that naps at work can increase alertness, organize a task force in your institution to investigate implementing a napping program during shift breaks.