Nursing, Night Shift, and Nutrition

Sharon Tucker, PhD, APRN-CNS, NC-BC, EBP-C, FNAP, FAAN


Am Nurs Journal. 2020;15(6) 

In This Article

Abstract and Introduction


Nursing is a professional calling to provide human caring and compassion; reduce suffering; and restore and improve health, well-being, function, and quality of life. Florence Nightingale said, "No amount of medical knowledge will lessen the accountability for nurses to do what nurses do; that is, manage the environment to promote positive life processes." This includes the 24-hour, 7-day-a-week nature of the work, which affects nurses' health and well-being, including nutrition, particularly when working night shift. Fortunately, evidence-based strategies are available to help you protect and improve your health and well-being while remaining committed to your professional calling.