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Journal Article

Caregiver fatigue: implications for patient and staff safety—part 1 and part 2.

Blouin AS, Smith-Miller CA, Harden J, et al. The Journal of nursing administration. 2016;46:329-35.

Nurse workload can contribute to burnout and diminish patient safety. This study found that rotating schedules were associated with higher reported fatigue among nurses. Introducing more breaks during shifts, limiting shift duration, and mandating 48-hour breaks between night-to-day rotations led to decreased nurse fatigue.