Low staffing levels also leads to nurse fatigue. The American Organization of Nurse Executives released “Sleep-Not Just Beauty Rest” in March of 2013 which found nurse fatigue can not only negatively affect patient outcomes, but also patient and employee satisfaction and operational costs. Because there are so few nurses to go around, many work seemingly impossible hours, including huge amounts of overtime. Effects of overworking a limited nursing staff include:
- Lapses in thought and attention to detail
- Increased probability in errors of omission
- Slowed reaction time
Staff fatigue is has such a major impact on patient care, the American Organization of Nurse Executives has released several similar power points explaining the dangers of staff fatigue and offering solutions to the problem. Click here to learn more.
With the long term care industry growing larger every day, it is essential to keep such facilities, particularly for-profit nursing homes, accountable for their profit driven actions. Sacrificing patient comfort, care and safety to increase profit margins is dangerous and absolutely unacceptable.
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