The Dangers Of Nurse Fatigue

2104 Words Nov 14th, 2014 9 Pages
Fatigue is defined as a feeling of weariness, tiredness, or lack of energy (Philips, 2013). Fatigue is a subjective feeling and has been described by people as “feeling tired all the time” and “feeling weak” and it can be influenced by physiological, psychological, behavioral, and environmental factors (Campbell, 2011). Nurse fatigue is an issue that has been a major concern for patient safety and the wellbeing of nurses. Nurse fatigue can be attributed to working 12-hour shifts, working night shifts, working several back-to-back shifts and working overtime (Rogers, 2008). This paper will investigate and analyze the dangers of nurse fatigue and will explore strategies for implementing changes to reduce nurse fatigue.
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The Issue of Nurse Fatigue Nurse fatigue is becoming a real concern and a risk factor in the healthcare setting because it creates unsafe working conditions and threatens patient safety. The potential problems that nurse fatigue can create include: adverse medical problems, burnout, errors, and patient dissatisfaction (Phillips, 2014). The concern is that nurses and healthcare administrations realize that nurse fatigue has become a risk factor but not enough is being done to implement change. Fatigue influences the nursing performance by slowing down reaction time, compromising problem solving, plummeting motivation, as well as decreasing energy required to complete a task (Campbell, 2011). For instance, being awake for 24…
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