Staffing shortages, high turnover rates, and prolonged work shifts has caused decreased sleep quality in nurses due to fatigue. The fatigued nurse causes concern for safety, coordination and agility, patient avoidance, lack of compassion, impaired cognitive function, risk for chronic diseases, and patient care errors. This systematic research review was designed to identify evidence-based practice nursing interventions currently being used to manage the effects of reduced sleep quality. Methods for performing this systematic research review were to search multiple databases using keywords, scanning article titles and abstracts, and critiquing for relevance and quality. Findings from this systematic review found multiple evidence-based interventions which improved the mental, physical, and spiritual health of the nurse such as dry cupping, knitting, and changes in call schedule. Implications of this review included: education related to management of reduced sleep quality of nurses in undergraduate nursing programs, further research related to napping and duty-free breaks, and the need to create national guidelines for monitoring and managing reduced sleep quality in nurses.
Huene, Emily; Rausch, Sarah; Vasiu, Georgia; Lopez, Hannah; and Valentz, MSN, RN, CCRN, Rachael, "Managing the Effects of Poor Sleep Quality in Nurses" (2019). Nursing Undergraduate Work. 11.