Beverly Hittle

Beverly Marie Hittle

Assistant Professor

Procter Hall


CON INRS - 0038

Professional Summary

My research focuses on the intersection of occupational and individual factors contributing to worker poor sleep health and fatigue. I have engaged at the local, state, and national levels, collaborating on research related to the topic of sleep, shift work, and healthcare workers. My research has been funded by the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). In Summer 2019, I was the Scholar in Residence at the National Council of State Boards of Nursing in Chicago, IL, researching night shift factors contributing to patient care errors and translating educational research to policy. I have worked inter-professionally with occupational medicine, industrial hygiene, safety engineers, and epidemiologists on projects related to worker health. Currently, my research aims are focused on: 1) the impact of discriminatory work environments on the sleep of Black nurses; and 2) improving nurse sleep health through behavior change strategies and technology to advance health and safety outcomes. Future research initiatives are to implement sleep health programming for workers in acute healthcare settings as part of a broader fatigue risk mitigation program.

Research Support

Grant: #20IPA2014028 Investigators:Hittle, Beverly 11-18-2019 -11-17-2022 National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Intergovernmental Personnel Act Agreement for Beverly Hittle Role:PI $112,690 Active Type:Contract

Grant: #N/A Investigators:Hittle, Beverly 07-01-2020 -06-30-2021 UC Spring Semester (20SS) Research Launch Awards Role:PI Active

Investigators:Imelda Wong, Carolyn Smith, Beverly Hittle, Hope Tiesman 01-01-2022 -12-31-2024 National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health “Better Together: Mental Wellness Support System for Long Term Care HCWs & Employers” Role:Co-I 100,000 Active Type:Contract Level:National

Investigators:Beverly Hittle, Karen Bankston, Cassie Wardlaw 12-01-2021 -11-30-2022 American Association of Occupational Health Nurse Foundation “Sleep in Healthcare: Improving the Work Environment to Support the Sleep Health of Black Nurses” Role:PI 4995 Active Type:Grant

Grant: #IAFN Research Grant Investigators:Gillespie, Gordon; Hittle, Beverly; Keller, Elizabeth 04-01-2022 -03-31-2023 International Association of Forensic Nurses Evaluating Stress and Wellbeing Trends in U.S. Correctional Nurses Role:PI 4050.00 Awarded Level:Non Profit


Peer Reviewed Publications

Hittle, Beverly M; Caruso, Claire C; Jones, Holly J; Bhattacharya, Amit; Lambert, Joshua; Gillespie, Gordon L (2020. ) Nurse Health: The Influence of Chronotype and Shift Timing.Western Journal of Nursing Research, , 193945920916802 More Information

Pryse, Yvette M; Heiskell, Jean; Goetz, Jane; Hittle, Beverly M; Glazer, Greer (2020. ) Dedicated education units: Redirecting for success.Nurse Education in Practice, , 46 ,102806 More Information

Wagner, Robin; Maddox, Krista R; Glazer, Greer; Hittle, Beverly M (2020. ) Maximizing Effectiveness of the Holistic Admission Process: Implementing the Multiple Mini Interview Model.Nurse Educator, , 45 (2 ) ,73-77 More Information

Hittle, Beverly M; Gillespie, Gordon L (2018. ) Identifying shift worker chronotype: Implications for health.Industrial Health, , 56 (6 ) ,512-523 More Information

Agbonifo, Noma; Hittle, Beverly; Suarez, Rassull; Davis, Kermit (2017. ) Occupational Exposures of Home Healthcare Workers.Home Healthcare Now, , 35 (3 ) ,150-159 More Information

Hittle, Beverly; Agbonifo, Noma; Suarez, Rassull; Davis, Kermit G; Ballard, Tangela (2016. ) Complexity of occupational exposures for home health-care workers: Nurses vs. home health aides.Journal of Nursing Management, , 24 (8 ) ,1071-1079 More Information

Suarez, Rassull; Agbonifo, Noma; Hittle, Beverly; Davis, Kermit; Freeman, Andrew (2017. ) Frequency and Risk of Occupational Health and Safety Hazards for Home Healthcare Workers .Home Health Care Management and Practice, , 29 (4 ) ,

Hittle, B. M., Gillespie, G. L., Jones, H. J., Bhattacharya, A. (2021. ) Time Lost: Factors Influencing Provider’s Prioritization of Sleep.Work, , 68 (3 ) ,653-665 More Information

Hittle, B.M., Norrell, R. M., Omololu, S., & Gresham-Ulrich, Megan (2021. ) Retirement center worker sleep health assessment during the COVID-19 pandemic. .Workplace Health and Safety. , ,

Keller, Elizabeth; Boch, Samantha; Hittle, Beverly M (2022. ) Unsafe and Unsettling: An Integrative Review on Correctional Nursing Work Environments and Stressors.Journal of Forensic Nursing, , More Information

Hittle, Beverly M; Daraiseh, Nancy M (2021. ) Promoting Healthcare Worker Sleep: The Time Is Now.The Journal of Nursing Administration, , 51 (11 ) ,543-545 More Information

Hittle, B.M., & Wong, I.S. (2022. ) Blue light and sleep: What nurses need to know .American Nurse Journal, , (March ) ,

Other Publications

Hittle, Beverly M., Wong, Imelda, S., & Caruso, Claire C. (2020. ) Managing Fatigue During Times of Crisis: Guidance for Nurses, Managers, and Other Healthcare Workers .NIOSH Science Blog,

Wong, I.S., & Hittle, B.M. (2022. ) Here Comes the Sun! Tips to Adapt to Daylight Saving Time .NIOSH Science Blog,

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, (2020. ) What Workers and Employers Can Do to Manage Workplace Fatigue during COVID-19 .CDC, Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), Community, Work and School Fact Sheet,


Invited Presentations

Beverly Hittle (03-2021. ) Fatigue Among Healthcare Workers: Do Solutions Exist? .National Council for State Boards of Nursing’s Virtual Scientific Symposium, Level:National

Beverly Hittle (02-2021. ) Sleep Health: What Is It and Can It be Translated for Public Use? .National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Center for Work and Fatigue Research Quarterly Virtual Meeting, Level:National