Night Shift

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“Napping during breaks on night shift: Critical care nurse managers’ perceptions” is a study by Dr. Marie P. Edwards and colleagues that explores the thoughts and opinions of nurse managers on nurses taking naps during the night shift. This article explores a highly debated topic in nursing that has both risks and benefits to both the nurse and the patient.
The purpose of this research study was to explore the perception and experiences of critical care nurse managers with their staff’s napping practices during the night shift. This study uses a quantitative method to analyze results from a survey on this topic. As a quantitative study, it would be expected that there would be an independent and a dependent variable. However, this study does …show more content…

One concept that is explored is the various sources of evidence that shows that brief naps can improve alertness and performance and enhance safety of not only nurses, but other people who work shiftwork. They also explored literature that supported the fact that sleep inertia or feeling groggy after a nap was one potential drawback to napping on the night shift. The researchers also reviewed studies that showed that the effectiveness of naps depended on their length. According to these studies, ideally the best nap is not too long but not too short. However, none of the other works reviewed by these authors mentioned anything about managers. While these articles do highlight the potential risks and benefits of sleeping on the night shift, it is unclear of how these studies related to the variable that is being studied in this study. This study does not provide a clear conceptual definition of what manager’s think. On the positive side, the literature review does give possible explanation of various reasons why a manager might be for or against napping. As stated above, there is only one variable so the literature review cannot make explicit the relationship between the two variables or place them in a theoretical framework. The researchers do acknowledge that there are several gaps in the literature. For example, they commentated that no study had determined the optimal nap time in critical care settings and that

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