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Nurses are more mentally than physically fatigued

Nurses experience more mental fatigue than physical fatigue levels, according to US research.

Researchers surveyed 745 registered nurses on their perceived levels of mental, physical and total fatigue.

Mental fatigue levels were higher than physical fatigue levels, and acute fatigue levels were higher than chronic fatigue levels.

The authors said: “All fatigue dimensions and states were negatively correlated with perceived performance. Work environment variables were strongly associated with differences in perceived levels of fatigue. By altering the work environment, it may be possible to reduce fatigue levels and rates of errors.”

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Readers' comments (4)

  • Rubbish! What about individual variations and working conditions?

    It doesn't need the results of costly research to tell nurses so patronisingly what they already know and have been trying to communicate to no avail for years as those with positions of power are unwilling to listen to the minions who merely work by the patients' bedsides. Funding should be spent on consulting with nurses, who actually do know this area of work best and who are directly affected by it, and on making the relevant changes, not sitting around decorating research labs.

    and below, congratulations on such an astute and timely observation!

    "By altering the work environment, it may be possible to reduce fatigue levels and
    rates of errors.”

    When is all of this actually going to happen? Hopefully before too many more lives are put at risk and employees health is further damaged.

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  • How much one wonders, did this research cost, to state the obvious?

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  • To Richmondmouse | 8-Mar-2011 10:08 am

    How much one wonders, did this research cost, to state the obvious?

    I think all research results which are published should be totally transparent about their methodology, size and type of sample and especially the cost of the study and who funded it. All of this should be published with the results.
    What do you think? What do other readers think?

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  • Actually, at the end of the day as the author of the two above anonymous comments, why should I really care. If someone offered me a well-paid job to do some useless research on obvious facts I would be most fortunate as it wouldn't require too much mental or physical effort and a lot less than hands on nursing and without all the worry and responsibility! Maybe I could learn to temporarily to bury my scruples. Or could I really? If I was able to do this more successfully maybe I wouldn't be writing these comments!

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