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Blog spotlight: Recognize fatigue at your facility

Nurse Leader Insider, May 11, 2009

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The difficult economy has added stress and anxiety to the workplace. Longer hours, smaller staff, and a “do more with less” attitude create feelings of fatigue and sluggishness that can be crippling to patient care. It’s important to recognize the signs of fatigue so that you can provide help to staff members who may need it.

A flip through the pages of Fight Fatigue: A Nurse Manager’s Guide to Reduce Risk and Revitalize Staff reveals a fatigue checklist that can help you collect data on your staff. Answer “yes” or “no” to the following questions:

  1. Have verbal comments about feeling tired and fatigued increased?
  2. Are there more complaints about physical ailments?
  3. Are staff members usually irritable?
  4. Are disagreements among staff members becoming more acrimonious and occurring more often?
  5. Are staff members having difficulty concentrating?
  6. Are staff members complaining about lack of adequate sleep and rest?
  7. Do staff members appear more tired than usual? Are they listless? Are they pale? Do they have dark circles under their eyes?
  8. Are staff members unable to complete their assignments in a timely, efficient manner?


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