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Sleep and errors in a group of Australian hospital nurses at work and during the commute

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by J Dorrian, C Tolley, N Lamond, C Van den Heuvel, J Pincombe, A Rogers, D Dawson
There is a paucity of information regarding Australian nurses’ sleep and fatigue levels, and whether they result in impairment. Forty-one Australian hospital nurses completed daily logbooks for one month recording work hours, sleep, sleepiness, stress, errors, near errorsand observed errors (made by others). Nurses reported exhaustion, stress and struggling to remain (STR) awake at work during one in three shifts. Sleep was significantly reduced on workdays in general, and workdays when an error was reported relative to days off. The primary predictor of error was STR, followed by stress. The primary predictor of extreme drowsiness during the commute was also STR awake, followed by exhaustion, and consecutive shifts. In turn, STR awake was predicted by exhaustion, prior sleep and shift length. Findings highlight the need for further attention to these issues to optimise the safety of nurses and patients in our hospitals, and the community at large on our roads.

History

Volume

39

Issue

5

Start Page

605

End Page

613

Number of Pages

9

eISSN

1872-9126

ISSN

0003-6870

Location

United Kingdom

Publisher

Pergamon

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

School of Nursing and Midwifery; School of Nursing; School of Paediatrics and Reproductive Health; School of Psychology and The Centre for Sleep Research; TBA Research Institute;

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Applied ergonomics.

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