Symptoms And Treatment Of Nurse Fatigue

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Nurse Fatigue
Nurses are in charge of taking care of patients and their families through illness and wellness, but that is a difficult task to perform when the nurses themselves are not cared for. Townsend & Anderson (2013) suggested that nurses whom worked long shifts were more likely to be burned out, dissatisfied with their job, and were intending on leaving the profession within a year. Fatigue in itself is linked to decreases in alertness, memory, reaction time, and decision-making. There are many consequences due to nursing fatigue, which may be detrimental to the patient’s safety or the nurse’s. For instance, having a slowed reaction time, compromised problem solving and critical thinking, and experiencing lapses in attention to detail all lead to poor judgments furthering leading to poor patient care (Townsend & Anderson, 2013).
Nurse Fatigue Defined
According to Jansen, van Amelsvoort, Kistensen, van den Brandt & Kant (2003) and Ruggiero (2005), fatigue is viewed as a critical issue for nurses because it leads to potential undesirable outcomes such as medication errors, degradation in performance, decreased mental acuity, personal problems, job dissatisfaction, and frequent requests to move off of night shifts (as cited in Kunert, King, & Kolhorst, 2007). “Work related fatigue is a complex, multidimensional condition with emotional, physiologic, cognitive or mental, and sensory components that occur as a consequence of excessive work demands and insufficient energy…
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