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Readers’ panel: Should nurses be allowed to take naps on night shifts?

Northumbria University and Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have been given £56,000 by the Health Foundation to research ways to support staff working night shifts. Nursing Standard readers have their say

Northumbria University and Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have been given £56,000 by the Health Foundation to research ways to support staff working night shifts. Nursing Standard readers have their say

Beverley Ramdeen is a senior nursing lecturer in Hertfordshire @BeverleyRamdeen

Yes, nurses should be allowed to take naps on their breaks. When staff are tired the risk of making mistakes increases. Having a short sleep could reduce fatigue and improve nurses’ decision-making, so is good for staff well-being and patient outcomes. But to support it, staff rosters need to be looked at, local policy needs to allow staff to take naps, and the suitability of break rooms needs to be considered in terms of lighting, noise and furniture.

Drew Payne is a community staff nurse in north London @drew_london

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