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Holist Nurs Pract. 2005 Nov-Dec;19(6):263-6.

The Sh-h-h-h Project: nonpharmacological interventions.

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Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield, Ill 62794, USA.


Promoting rest and sleep is integral to the profession of nursing. The Sh-h-h-h Project, a nonpharmacological program designed to enhance rest and sleep, was implemented on a hospital medical unit. Nursing assistants provided patients with various modalities to improve sleep, including back rubs, warm drinks, blankets warmed in a blanket warmer, aromatherapy, relaxation music, and earplugs. Additional interventions were taken to reduce noise. The outcomes of the Sh-h-h-h Project are reported here, with patients indicating improved sleep quality and quantity.

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