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The Effects Of Sleep Deprivation Among Nurses

Volume 5 - Issue 5, May 2022 Edition
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Jennifer M. Sison
Adaptability, health, regulation, stress
This study assessed the effects of sleep deprivation encountered among nurses. It dealt with the profile of the respondents in terms of their age, gender, civil status, highest educational attainment, position, and number of years in service. It also focused on the sleep deprivation among nurses along with medication errors, documentation, attitude towards handling patient care, relationship with colleagues, unable to identify patients correctly, equipment-related injuries, and health-related harms. Strategies adopted by the nurses would also be determined to minimize sleep deprivation. A descriptive research design is use in the study to utilize questionnaire as the primary data gathering tool. Questionnaires are adapted from previous literature and studies. Different statistical tools are used in the study like frequency and percentage, weighted mean, t-test, and ANOVA. The study aimed to review the current situation and response regarding the effects of sleep deprivation on performance, health and cognitive functions among the members of the nursing staff. The modern 24-hour shifts progressively involve nursing staff working more than 40 hours a week, and few nurses sleep less than six hours before their change. Sleep deprivation impedes the performance that requires intensive and prolonged attention, which increases the number of errors inpatient care, and nurses were subject to increased risk of health and safety concerns during work. Few sleep-deprived members of the nursing staff were at risk of obesity, diabetes, gastrointestinal disorders, cardio¬vascular disease, and risk factors for breast cancer and a significantly higher risk for colorectal carcinoma. Furthermore, measures and strategies are recommended to prevent the long-term effects of sleep deprivation. The studies propose programs that focus on lessening and, or eradicating medication errors, documentation issues, problems in identifying patient and safety concerns. Nurses would demonstrate a positive attitude towards patients and relatives, fully rested and ready for work. Lastly, adopt a balanced diet and exercise to maintain weight according to body mass.
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