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hospital, interventions, nonpharmacological, nursing assistants, sleep



  1. Robinson, Sherry B. PhD, RNCS
  2. Weitzel, Tina MA, BSN, RNC
  3. Henderson, Lisa BSN, RNC


Promoting rest and sleep is integral to the profession of nursing. The Sh-h-h-h Project, a nonpharmacological program designed to enhance rest and sleep, was implemented on a hospital medical unit. Nursing assistants provided patients with various modalities to improve sleep, including back rubs, warm drinks, blankets warmed in a blanket warmer, aromatherapy, relaxation music, and earplugs. Additional interventions were taken to reduce noise. The outcomes of the Sh-h-h-h Project are reported here, with patients indicating improved sleep quality and quantity.