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Shiftwork and Nurse Fatigue

The ramifications of nurse fatigue are serious. Scientific evidence links shift work and long working hours to many health effects including cardiovascular disease and cancer. Fatigue can also affect a nurse’s ability to deliver optimal patient care. Research links fatigue to an increased risk of errors, decline in memory, reduced ability to learn, increased risk-taking behavior, and impaired mood and communication skills.

The good news: Evidence-based solutions exist to address nurse fatigue and promote a culture of safety. Visit ANA’s nurse fatigue webpage for more information. Recommended resources include:

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