Roger Watson, Editor-in-Chief
Nursing is notoriously hard work and it is also, for many nurses, shift-work with late evening and night working being common. In addition, it is emotional work and it leads to burnout. But does this affect job performance? This was the subject of an article from Italy titled: 'Can sleep quality and burnout affect the job performance of shift-work nurses? A cross sectional study' by Giorgi et al (2017) and published in JAN.
The study on which the article was based aimed to: 'investigate any possible relationship between sleep disorders, burnout and job performance in a shift-work population of nurses.' Involving over 300 nurses in seven Italian hospitals, the participants were given three questionnaires to complete: one on sleep, one on burnout and one on job performance. The results showed that poor sleep and burnout were related and that females were more affected in this regard. Particular settings - for example psychiatry - and working long shifts led to burnout and there was an effect of burnout on work performance.
The authors conclude: 'Specific characteristics of shift-work nurses can directly affect sleep quality and burnout and indirectly job performance' and '(s)leep quality appears to be worse in women than in men', therefore, '(t)his evidence offers healthcare administrators opportunities to intervene with measures to promote nurse’s health, well-being and safety.'
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Giorgi F, Mattei A, Notamicola I, Petrucci C, Lancia L (2017) Can sleep quality and burnout affect the job performance of shift-work nurses? A cross sectional study Journal of Advancd Nursing DOI: 10.1111/jan.13484