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The Top Ways to Reduce Nurse Fatigue

By Team Altus | Published Jul 07, 2019
Fatigue increases room for errors and diminishes productivity, putting patients in danger. It also poses danger to the nurses' health. Nurses and their employers need to come together to reduce nurse fatigue.
  • Focus on rest on their days off. Take a slow walk, do a face mask, take a warm bath, do some stretching, sing or dance, journal, read or meditate!
  • Stay hydrated and don’t overdo the coffee or alcohol.
  • Maintain an active family and social life.
  • While at work, take lunch and breaks in a quiet area.
  • Look for signs of fatigue and be honest with yourself. Make an effort to recharge.
  • Create schedules that are designed to reduce fatigue.
  • Use 12-hour shifts judiciously.
  • Limit the number of consecutive days a nurse can work.
  • Make sure there are adequate staffing levels.
  • Provide education on what fatigue is, the signs and what you can do to overcome.

★ Equip nurses with ergonomic workstations:

  • Strategically place accessories that hold equipment and tools on the cart.
  • Opt for a lightweight cart. Excessive lifting can lead to user fatigue and in some cases injury.
  • Adjust the height of monitors and the cart to the user's optimal ergonomic height level.
  • Equip carts with storage to hold medication and supplies to eliminate trips to the supply room and pharmacy.
  • Make sure your monitor can swivel so you can share information with patients and caregiver without strain.
  • Dual mounts – look at two things simultaneously. A larger screen reduces neck and shoulder pain. Added bonus - productivity increases!
  • Only utilize workstations with a durable tilting keyboard and mouse platform.
  • A soft wrist rest for ultimate ergonomic comfort.

*Altus products are designed to meet guidelines established by the American National Standards Institute for computer use. ANSI/HFES 100-2007: Human Factors Engineering of Computer Workstations

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