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Empira Restorative Sleep Series: Sleep Matters

presented by Sarah Brown, RN, LNHA, BS

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Financial: Sarah Brown receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Non-Financial: Sarah Brown has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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This course is Part One of a two-part series of the Empira Restorative Sleep Series. Empira is a Minnesota consortium of service providers specializing in aging services, who created a successful Restorative Sleep program in the long-term care setting by identifying sleep fragmentation as a primary contributor to some of the most challenging issues for those who provide and receive care in long-term care or inpatient settings. This course will highlight current practices that contribute to poor sleep and why it is so important to create a culture of restorative sleep.

Meet Your Instructor

Sarah Brown, RN, LNHA, BS

Sarah Brown has more than 16 years of experience in health care, providing direct patient care, leadership, education, and consultation in a variety of health care roles in long-term care, transitional care, clinic settings, large health systems, and partnerships. Sarah is the executive director of Empira, a collaborative of four long-term care providers, namely: Presbyterian…

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1. Know Better, Do Better

Empira is a consortium of aging services providers who challenge the status quo with the goal to know and do better when serving older adults. This chapter lays the ground work to understand how the Restorative Sleep Program was created using root cause analysis.

2. Mabel’s Story

As caregivers, we often fail to see the cumulative effects of our well-intended interactions with residents and the impact it ultimately has on quality of life. In this chapter, participants will have a glimpse into a typical 24-hour day in the life of a nursing home resident and begin to see how common nursing home practices disturb sleep.

3. The Importance of Sleep

From the words of Florence Nightingale, “it is our job to put the patient in the best condition for nature to act upon him.” One of the most important natural processes in the human body is sleep. This chapter explores how we wake and sleep and why it is so important to get a good night’s sleep for our overall well-being.

4. Prove It

Prior to the sleep program, the Empira consortium subjectively measured resident sleep based on observation, self-report from residents, and sleep logs. Empira sought out experts in the sleep industry and discovered there was a more objective way to measure sleep through Actigraphy. This non-invasive method provides essential information on factors affecting sleep quality. This course will provide an overview of Actigraphy. It will also share a summary of the objective sleep data collected in the program and key findings.

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