I hope we discuss the causes, effects, and actions to take to promote a healthy rested nursing workforce?
Fatigue in hospital nurses — ‘Supernurse’ culture is a barrier to addressing problems: A qualitative interview study
Fatigue in hospital nurses is associated with decreased nurse satisfaction, increased turnover and negative patient outcomes.
Addressing fatigue in nurses has been identified as a priority by many organizations worldwide in an effort to promote both a culture of patient safety and a healthy nursing workforce...
... All nurses in the current study experienced fatigue; yet they had varying perspectives on the importance of addressing fatigue in relation to other health systems challenges.
A new construct related to nursing professional culture was identified and defined as “Supernurse”.
Identified subthemes of Supernurse include: extraordinary powers used for good; cloak of invulnerability; no sidekick; Kryptonite, and an alterego.
These values, beliefs, and behaviors define the specific aspects of nursing professional culture that can act as barriers to fatigue risk management programs and achieving safety culture in hospital organizations.
Nurse fatigue and attributes of nurse professional culture also have implications for nurse satisfaction and retention.
Findings from this study further support the role of nursing professional culture as an important barrier to effectively addressing fatigue in nursing work systems. Future work is needed to identify and evaluate innovative culture change models and strategies to target these barriers...
The ANA Position on Fatigue;
Addressing Nurse Fatigue to Promote Safety and Health: Joint Responsibilities of Registered Nurses and Employers to Reduce Risks