Shiftwork Sleep Disorder: The Role of the Nurse

American Nurse Today (ANT)



This multimedia presentation provides the nurse with essential information to aid their understanding of the impact of shiftwork on sleep patterns in healthcare professionals and patients.

Purpose/Goal: To provide nurses with the tools needed to implement change, improve patient outcomes, and enhance their own self-care to increase overall quality of care as related to shift work sleep disorder.


1. Recognize shift work sleep disorder (SWSD) and its risk factors.
2. Translate detrimental health and social consequences of SWSD into a need for self and patient intervention.
3. Translate the impact of SWSD on safety, performance, and productivity into a need for self and patient intervention.
4. Apply nursing strategies for early diagnosis and management of SWSD for self and patient education and intervention.


The following professionals contributed to the content in this educational activity.

Michael Decker, PhD, RN, RRT is an Associate Professor and the Byrdine F. Lewis Program Chair at Georgia State University, School of Nursing and Health Professionals in Atlanta, Georgia

Jeanne Geiger-Brown, PhD, RN is an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland in Baltimore, Maryland. She is a federally funded researcher in the area of sleep and fatigue. Jeanne has published more than 30 works related to nursing work demands and adverse outcomes.

Katheryn Lee, PhD, FAAN, CBSM is a Professor and Associate Dean for Research at the University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing.

James Wyatt, PhD, DABSM, CBSM is the Director of Sleep Disorder Services and Research Center and an Associate Professor at the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago Illinois.

This activity was made possible, in part, by a grant from Teva Pharmaceuticals to the American Nurses Foundation. Content was peer reviewed and no bias was found.

The planners and authors of this CNE activity have disclosed no relevant financial relationships with commercial companies pertaining to this continuing nursing education activity.

Contact Hours: 1.25

Expiration Date: 9/1/2015

Pharmacology Hours: 0


Member Price: $15.00
Non-Member Price: $25.00

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