From the Spring 2014 issue of Scrubs
There’s a lot of talk these days about how detrimental it is for hospital patients to have their sleep interrupted.
Given all we know about the health ramifications of short-changing sleep, it’s a topic that deserves discussion. But there’s another sleep issue with implications for patient welfare that’s not getting nearly enough attention, says sleep expert Ann E. Rogers, PhD, RN, FAAN. That’s nurse fatigue. Rogers, the Edith F. Honeycutt Chair in Nursing at Emory University’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing in Atlanta, says it’s a critically important issue because it affects the health and safety of nurses, their patients and the public.
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