Taking a Look at Nurse Fatigue

1676 WordsJul 12, 20187 Pages
Nurse Fatigue In the recent past, nursing has come to the forefront as a popular career amongst students across the globe. The demand for nurses has kept increasing gradually over the years. In fact, the number of registered nurses does not meet the demand of the private and public health sector. This phenomenon has resulted in a situation where the available registered nurses have to work extra hours in order to meet the patients’ needs. With this in mind, the issue of nurse fatigue has come up as a common problem in nursing. According to the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA), nurse fatigue is “a feeling of tiredness” that penetrates a persons physical, mental and emotional realms limiting their ability to function normally. Fatigue does…show more content…
Moreover, most shifts run into each other with day shifts extending into the night and night shifts extending into the day. This means that their circadian rhythms are distorted. Extended shift work for nurses eventually lead to them finding it difficult to adapt to normal life or any activities outside work. While working, nurses are on their feet for more than 75% time they are at work. They have to walk around from patient to patient administering drugs and care where needed. In addition, during the shift they have to make constant trips to patients depending on the times that medication is to be administered. The amount of distance that nurses cover in one shift leaves them exhausted at the end of the day or night. In addition, this means that nurses require more energy in order to function properly. In most cases, nurses rarely take time to take a snack to raise their energy levels at work. This is because there might be emergencies at work or patient needs to be met that do not allow them to take a break. Another cause of nurse fatigue is lack of adequate sleep. First, working 12 hour shifts means that nurses only have 12 hours to sleep and also conduct other activities of life outside the workplace, while other professionals have 16 or more hours for rest and social activities. This is the reason for the few hours of sleep recorded by nurses with some opting to not sleep at all but take short naps. These are
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