The article “Night Shift Naps Improve Patient Safety and Workforce Safety,” published in the March 2018 issue, presents the benefits of naps during night shifts as decreasing fatigue, thus improving cognitive and motor skills and decreasing errors. The author recommends implementation into practice and mentions some of the barriers that could arise. Among them are lack of appropriate accommodations, nurses’ inability to disconnect, and fear of sleep inertia. However, some other barriers to implementing strategic naps on a large scale are worth discussing, such as financial considerations and staffing.

Would nap time be considered part of the nurses’ scheduled break, would it cut into the lunch break, or would an extra hour be added to the 12-hour shift? And if so, are the nurses compensated for the entire time? In addition, increasing the 12-hour shift to technically 13 hours decreases the time...

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