AAN News & Opinion
- Society needs critical nursing services around the clock and, as a result, nurses often work shift work and long work hours (SWLWH). These hours can prevent nurses from getting the seven or more hours of quality sleep each day that experts recommend (Watson, et al., 2015). Nurses on SWLWH are at risk for cardiovascular disease, gastrointestinal and psychological disorders, cancer, type 2 diabetes, injuries, musculoskeletal disorders, all-cause mortality, adverse reproductive outcomes, and difficulty managing chronic diseases (Caruso, et al., 2017; Caruso & Waters, 2008; Gan, et al.
- The American Academy of Nursing promotes management practices in health care organizations and strategies in the nurse's personal life to support sleep health in nurses and, as a result, an alert nursing workforce fit to perform their jobs and more able to live healthy lives. Society requires critical nursing services around the clock. Consequently, shift work and long work hours are common in health care organizations and negatively affect a significant percent of nurses. Working at night and irregular hours compromise human physiology dictated by the need for sleep and circadian rhythms.