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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/155987
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Cognitive Functioning of Registered Nurses Pre/Post 8, 12 & 16 Hour Shifts
Abstract:
Cognitive Functioning of Registered Nurses Pre/Post 8, 12 & 16 Hour Shifts
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2008
Author:Roberson, Scotty, BSN, MPH
P.I. Institution Name:Children's Health System
Title:Department Director
Co-Authors:Joan Burttram Carlisle, DSN, CRNP, BC
[Research Paper or Poster Presentation] The profession of nursing is in the midst of a period of rapid growth and role development while also experiencing a profound shortage of nurses. More hospitals are being faced with demands for alternative staffing options and other types of creative scheduling. Review of the literature reveals limited objective data that examines cognitive functioning and attention skills of nurses working extended hours. Therefore, two important research questions arose: 1) Do registered nurses function at a higher cognitive level after working an 8-hour shift than after a 12-hour shift; and 2) Do registered nurses function at a higher cognitive level after working a 12-hour shift than after a 16-hour shift? This study consisted of a convenience sample of 60 registered nurses employed at a pediatric hospital in the southeastern United States. Subjects were administered the Paced Auditory Serial Addition Task (PASAT) prior to and immediately after working one of the aforementioned shifts. Data were analyzed utilizing paired t-tests and ANOVA to determine any decline in attention span or cognition among the shifts. Results failed to support any statistically significant deterioration in cognition and in most instances, actual improvement occurred in almost all post-testing trials, but do not indicate that attention skills were vastly improved. A follow-up study is underway (planning stage) to ascertain cognitive functioning and attention skills or registered nurses following several consecutive shifts of 8 and 12-hours.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleCognitive Functioning of Registered Nurses Pre/Post 8, 12 & 16 Hour Shiftsen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/155987-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Cognitive Functioning of Registered Nurses Pre/Post 8, 12 &amp; 16 Hour Shifts</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2008</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Roberson, Scotty, BSN, MPH</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Children's Health System</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Department Director</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">Scotty.Roberson@chsys.org</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Joan Burttram Carlisle, DSN, CRNP, BC</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">[Research Paper or Poster Presentation] The profession of nursing is in the midst of a period of rapid growth and role development while also experiencing a profound shortage of nurses. More hospitals are being faced with demands for alternative staffing options and other types of creative scheduling. Review of the literature reveals limited objective data that examines cognitive functioning and attention skills of nurses working extended hours. Therefore, two important research questions arose: 1) Do registered nurses function at a higher cognitive level after working an 8-hour shift than after a 12-hour shift; and 2) Do registered nurses function at a higher cognitive level after working a 12-hour shift than after a 16-hour shift? This study consisted of a convenience sample of 60 registered nurses employed at a pediatric hospital in the southeastern United States. Subjects were administered the Paced Auditory Serial Addition Task (PASAT) prior to and immediately after working one of the aforementioned shifts. Data were analyzed utilizing paired t-tests and ANOVA to determine any decline in attention span or cognition among the shifts. Results failed to support any statistically significant deterioration in cognition and in most instances, actual improvement occurred in almost all post-testing trials, but do not indicate that attention skills were vastly improved. A follow-up study is underway (planning stage) to ascertain cognitive functioning and attention skills or registered nurses following several consecutive shifts of 8 and 12-hours.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T14:20:45Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T14:20:45Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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