Nursing Students' 1st Entree into Clinical Rotations

Initial Behaviors Addressing Shift Work, Sleep, and Safe Practice

Patricia Butterfield, Ph.D. (PI)

Nursing students make an abrupt transition from traditional classes into clinical rotations and shift work.  Novice students enter clinical practice from their prerequisite classes, moving into a schedule that requires an additional 6-30 hours/week of clinical rotations in regional hospitals.  Students are assigned rotations on day, evening, or night shift.  Little is known about students' sleep, sleep disturbances, and safe practice behaviors during this critical and singular phase of professional development.  The purpose of this study is to describe students' sleep patterns and perceptions of safe practice during their first semester of evening clinical rotations.  Two complimentary approaches will inform this Total Worker Health (TWHTM) study: 1) measuring sleep and students' perceptions addressing safe practice, and 2) implementing Henning's participatory process for workplace health/safety interventions.