The importance of a good night’s sleep for hospital patients will be among topics debated at this year’s Royal College of Nursing’s annual conference.
The issue was put forward by nurses from Suffolk keen to highlight the potentially harmful impact of lack of sleep on patient health and welfare.
“We felt it’s important the profession debates the best ways to keep noise down on our wards”
Their resolution, which urges RCN leadership to look at ways to educate hospital staff on the effect of noise at night, will be among 25 discussed and debated at the conference in Liverpool next month.
It also urges the RCN to promote nurse-led measure to reduce noise while patients are sleeping.
“As nurses we know how important it is for our patients to get a good night’s sleep, but as our hospitals get ever busier, including at night, we felt it’s important the profession debates the best ways to keep noise down on our wards,” said Tracey Risebrow chair of the RCN’s Suffolk branch.
This year’s RCN congress will take place from 15-19 June in Liverpool.