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Commentary on: Min A, Hong HC, Son S, et al, Alertness during working hours among eight-hour rotating-shift nurses: an observational study. J Nurs Scholar 2021;75. doi:10.1111/JNU.12743
Implications for practice and research
Organisational measures to implement alertness are necessary to safeguard patient care and staff well-being.
Further research is needed in order to optimise shift design and develop suitable countermeasures for all shift-working healthcare professional.
Increasing evidence suggests that shift-pattern generated fatigue in nurses can impair their ability to offer high-quality care to patients. Nevertheless, to guarantee 24-hour care, most healthcare professionals (HP) must comply with shift-working. Specifically, rotating-shifts are more likely to cause a decreased alertness and increased tiredness effect on HP due to continuous changes in their sleep patterns. As the consequences of sleep deprivation are comparable to those of blood …
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