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Journal Article
Study

Sleep, sleepiness, fatigue, and performance of 12-hour–shift nurses.

Geiger-Brown J, Rogers VE, Trinkoff AM, et al. Chronobiology International. 2012;29.

Nurses' working conditions have been shown to affect patient safety. This study found that nurses working successive 12-hour shifts accrue significant sleep debt, regardless of whether these shifts occur in the daytime or at night. Further work should examine the effects of nurse fatigue on patient outcomes.