The American Nurses Association Position Statement on Nurse Fatigue calls upon nurses and employers to collaborate and employ evidence-based strategies to address the problem of nurse fatigue. Those industries that have proactively developed programs and policies to protect worker and public safety from the dangers of a fatigued workforce have reaped the benefits and contributed to the growing body of literature related to shift-work and fatigue.
This project examined the scope of the problem, documented how the healthcare environment itself contributes to the problem, identified non-healthcare solutions to the problem, and examine ways in which these solutions could translate to the high stakes, 24/7 healthcare workplace.
The Shift-Work Education program is suitable for both practicing professionals and (with minor adjustments) pre-licensure students. It is an attempt to place this insidious, largely unaddressed nurse and patient safety issue on par with sharps injuries, ergonomic injuries, and bloodborne pathogen exposure - topics which every school of nursing and healthcare facility expends considerable time and energy on annually. Culture change only happens with sustained effort on many fronts. This program has the potential to lay a foundation of proactive, ongoing nurse education around this crucial topic.
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