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Nurs Adm Q. 2007 Apr-Jun;31(2):146-51.

Sleepy nurses: are we willing to accept the challenge today?

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  • 1Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi, Texas, USA.


With a shortage of supply of nurses and the increasing demand for nursing care, hospitals require or allow nurses to work extended shifts (in excess of 12 hours) and many shifts per week (up to and in excess of 60 hours per week). The result of these excessive hours of work is that many nurses care for patients while suffering from sleep deprivation. Sleep deprivation has been shown to negatively impact judgment and performance resulting in errors and accidents. Sleep deprivation also negatively affects the health of individuals. Sleep deprivation in nurses is a significant issue that requires more attention.

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