PICO Question Fatigue Fatigue can be defined as a feeling of exhaustion physically or mentally, tiredness, or lack of energy. Nurses provide the majority of direct patient care, thus their work performance is tied to the quality and safety of healthcare they provide to their patients. Several factors that cause fatigue include : stress, extended worked hours, sleep deprivation, shift schedule, increased patient load. These factors may cause effects such as : memory lapse, difficulty dealing with unexpected situations, slow processing information, irritability & difficulty communicating effectively. Facts showed that: 65% of ED Nurses who worked dayshift and reported daytime sleepiness showed poorer response and gave wrong answers to math drug dosage calculations and likely to cause medical errors than night nurses who reported adequate sleep and had better cognitive performance. In conclusion 46.8% of nurses reported that daytime sleepiness made it difficult
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- Fall '16
- Denise Cauble
- Nursing, Daytime sleepiness