Nurses’ Short-Term Sickness Absences Before and After the Implementation of a Brief Napping Opportunity During Night Shifts

Source avec lien : Journal of the Association of Occupational Health Professionals in Healthcare, 43(3). 10.1177/21650799221147177

L’objectif principal de l’hôpital en mettant en place des siestes nocturnes était de réduire la somnolence et la fatigue des infirmières, et c’est pourquoi les pratiques de sieste étaient recommandées.

A 30-min nap opportunity supported by an institutional napping policy provided the nurses on 12-hr night shifts with the time and space to take brief naps when patient acuity and staffing permitted. The hospital’s primary purpose of implementing nighttime napping was to reduce nurses’ sleepiness and fatigue, and therefore napping practices were recommended. It is worth mentioning that a nap opportunity does not always guarantee the actual event of taking a nap on the nursing unit. Our study showed that the adoption and implementation of 30-min nap opportunity for 12 months had no immediate beneficial impact on nurses’ short-term sickness absence rates when compared with the previous year. Given the inconclusive nature of the findings, we recommend nursing administration in partnership with hospital nurses to explore other practical strategies for short-term sickness absence management in the workplace. (Excerpt from the article)

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