Inside best practice: Program helps new grads get the sleep they need

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, February 15, 2010

The final part of the new grad support program at Centra in Lynchburg, VA, involves sleep education, which does not sound as though it fits into traditional new grad education. However, Nurse Retention Coordinator Cheryl Burnette, RN, MEd, CPLP, says she realized this was a very important part of the transition for new nurses.

“Starting professional practice is challenging the first year,” she says. Burnette notes that hospitals are 24-hour operations, meaning many new grads were working overnight shifts or ones that end at 11 p.m. and therefore disrupt regular sleep patterns.

“As I met with each new nurse in orientation I could hear them worrying about how they would onboard to this type of shift.”

Source: This excerpt is from the February issue of HCPro’s Advisor to the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®. Don’t have a subscription? Take a look at the benefits of becoming a member of HCPro’s Resource Center for the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®.

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