In the mix: New nurses helped with sleep education program

Stressed Out Nurses Weekly, January 18, 2010

An interesting piece written by Rebecca Hendren for HealthLeaders Media bridges nurse retention and sleeping. The article highlights a new graduate nurse retention program in Lynchburg, VA, that offers a formal sleep education class that explains how to get better sleep and why sleep is important. The program was created after the nurse retention coordinator, Cheryl Burnette, began to see a potential tie between nurse retention of new graduates and sleep.

Around 60% of new nurses leave their first job within a year. Many of these graduates take on night shifts because of the open positions for such jobs. But lack of sleep can cause mental and cognitive abilities, add stress, and increase the risk of medical errors.

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