Richards, Andrew

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Abstract Objectives: To evaluate the impact of the NIOSH training on sleep quality scores, determine the association between intention to perform sleep improvement strategies and sleep quality, and identify strategies, barriers, and facilitators for implementation among night nurse shift workers. Methods: A pre-test and post-test design was used. Data were collected electronically between September 2020 and February 2021 before and after online intervention (NIOSH training). Participants who met the inclusion criteria were night shift nurses who worked full time in a hospital setting in the midwestern and southern United States (N = 42). After screening for risk of sleep apnea, 32 participants were retained and from these five submitted training certificates and completed the post-test. Results: Most nurses reported baseline PSQI scores indicating sleep deficiency and high intention to perform strategies learned in the training. All who completed the training rated the training favorably and identified strategies implemented as a result of the training as well as barriers and facilitators to implementation. The impact of the training on PSQI post-training scores and the relationship between intention to perform strategies scores and baseline PSQI scores were not statistically significant. Conclusion: Night nurses experience sleep deficiency that can impact health and work performance. Online training may help to improve awareness and lead to the implementation of strategies to minimize risks. The study underlines the importance of supporting sleep health and provides foundational knowledge on the impact of the NIOSH training.