Nursing

Tips for preventing nurse fatigue

Nurse Leader Insider, February 13, 2015

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The healthcare industry by definition exists to care for the health of each individual. But how well does it take care of its own?

Nurses, the caretakers on the front line, often work shifts of 12 hours and more, and may work up to 50 or even 60 hours per week. Fatigue threatens the health of those nurses, as well as the quality of the care they can provide. In a January 30th article in The Courier Journal, a 2014 American Journal of Critical Care study was cited as finding that nurses who were fatigued, had lost sleep, or couldn't recover between shifts were much more likely to regret a medical decision they had made.

The American Nurses Association is pushing for new standards limiting consecutive night shifts and shifts longer than 12 hours. But what can you, the nurse manager, do to take care of yourself and your staff today, to improve the work environment and the energy they bring to it?

Visit www.StrategiesForNurseManagers.com to read the rest of this free article and find out tips to reduce your own and your staff's fatigue.



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