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care experience, clinical nurse leader, hospital noise, quality improvement, sleep, sleep deprivation



  1. Antonio, Christian Karl MSN, RN, AGACNP-BC, CNL, NEA-BC


ABSTRACT: In a patient's recovery process, restful sleep is crucial. Although the essential role of sleep in healing has long been recognized, excessive noise in hospital environments remains a persistent and pervasive problem. For hospitalized patients, environmental noise can result in sleep deprivation and adverse health outcomes; not surprisingly, hospital noise ranks as a major patient complaint. At a small suburban community hospital, patients responding to a quiet-at-night question in the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey gave the hospital's telemetry unit the lowest possible score: 1 out of 5 points. In response, the unit's quality improvement team, coordinated by a clinical nurse leader, introduced a holistic "sleep menu" intervention. The multicomponent intervention subsequently improved patients' care experience and staff engagement. The percentage of patients who self-reported five or more hours of uninterrupted sleep rose from 31% at baseline to 80% during the intervention. This improvement was sustained over the three-month intervention period and led to a quiet-at-night HCAHPS score of 4. The sleep menu initiative resulted in substantial benefits that optimized both patient and organizational outcomes.