Nurse Fatigue

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BACKGROUND

Inadequate sleep and resulting fatigue has major implications on the health and safety of registered nurses and can compromise patient care. Fatigue can also be costly to employers, resulting in increases in health care and workers’ compensation costs, early disability, recruitment and training costs, and legal fees.

PROFESSIONAL ISSUES PANEL ON NURSE FATIGUE

In 2014, the Professional Issues Panel on Nurse Fatigue led the effort to update ANA’s position statement on nurse fatigue. ANA extends thanks to the members of the steering committee and advisory committee for their leadership.

UPDATED POSITION STATEMENT – NOW AVAILABLE!

“Registered nurses and employers in all care settings must collaborate to reduce the risks of nurse fatigue and sleepiness associated with shift work and long work hours. Evidence-based strategies must be implemented to proactively address nurse fatigue and sleepiness and to promote the health, safety, and wellness of registered nurses and ensure optimal patient outcomes.”

The updated document provides detailed recommendations and strategies for registered nurses and employers.

ANA President Pam Cipriano and U of Penn nursing researcher Linda Aiken discuss the impact fatigue has on nurses’ health and the quality of care for patients, and why employers and nurses must collaborate to reduce the risks of nurse fatigue.

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