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Blog spotlight: Arm yourself in the battle against fatigue

Nurse Leader Insider, May 18, 2009

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Last week, we provided a checklist to help you recognize the presence of fatigue at your facility. After you collect the data, the next step is to analyze it. Turning back to the pages of Fight Fatigue: A Nurse Manager’s Guide to Reduce Risk and Revitalize Staff, we present some steps to help evaluate staff sluggishness:

1.  Are there evident signs and symptoms of fatigue?

2.  Which staff members are most affected by fatigue?

3.  Is there a pattern to staff members’ experience of fatigue?

  • What shift(s) do these staff members work?
  • How often do they rotate shifts?
  • What is the length of each shift?
  • How often do these staff members work overtime?
  • Is there a predominant age group that exhibits fatigue?
  • Is there an increase in the number of adverse occurrences involving these staff members?

After you’ve collected and analyzed your data, assess your workplace environment and identify conditions that contribute to the incidence of fatigue. In conjunction with your staff, your colleagues, and your administration, you may be able to alter the environment to significantly reduce the problem of fatigue.

How are you and your staff battling fatigue at your facility?

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