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Educating nurses on the impact of shift work.

NZNO's and Canterbury District Health Board's joint action committee (JAC) has begun work to develop strategies and education on the impact of shift work and sleep loss, particularly on order workers. This initiative has been adopted as one of JAC's projects and we are rooking forward to working on it this year.

Members of both the JAC and the Safe Staffing Healthy Workplace Governance Committee enjoyed a superb presentation fast month from a researcher from the Sleep/Wake Research Centre at Massey University, Wellington, Sarah Jay, The impact of shift work: understanding sleep, circadian rhythms and what happens as we get older. We also discussed the importance of good rostering practices and shift work management strategies for home and work.

The presentation canvassed some very interesting information and research, including response times as a result of sleep deficit, changes to sleep quality as we age, risk factors as a result of steep debt and the physiological effects of steep loss. Our delegates who attended this presentation knew about these issues. However, it was good for them to see them validated by research and to realise there are some helpful strategies to reduce the effects on them and their families.

At our next meeting, a project group will be formed to begin work on developing some initiatives so our members are supported to manage shift work more effectively and assisted in managing changes in steep quality and quantity. We are discussing with the centre its support to roll out this presentation to CDHB charge nurses and to provide additional forums for our members to attend. We have already started work on an education pamphlet on "sleep hygiene". The research centre can be contacted at: www. sleepwake.massey.ac.nz.

Report by organiser Lynley Mulrine

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Title Annotation:SECTOR REPORTS
Author:Mulrine, Lynley
Publication:Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:8NEWZ
Date:Mar 1, 2010
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