One in eight nurses take medication to stay awake at work as researchers say ‘exhausted staff are responsible for thousands of fatal errors in hospitals’


Nearly one in eight nurses rely on prescription medication to stay awake during their shift, research suggests.

A study of more than 1,000 nurses in the US found 13 per cent turn to drugs to stop them nodding off on the job.

The research, which looked at sleeping habits among nurses, also found that 31 per cent of those surveyed suffered from chronic insomnia.

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