By: Beverly M. Hittle, PhD, RN, Imelda S. Wong, Phd and Claire C. Caruso, PhD, RN, FAAN
At times of crisis, healthcare workers continue to provide care, despite ever challenging work demands, including higher influx of critically ill patients, increased work stress, and a frequent need for overtime. These work demands can compound already challenging work schedules, making it more difficult to obtain regular shift breaks and enough time off between shifts for adequate recovery. All of these work factors combined with insufficient sleep, contribute to fatigue.
The CDC has shared a blog post with instructions on how healthcare workers can combat fatigue and stress during this unprecedented time. See the full blog post here.