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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