Law Offices of Judy Snyder
503-894-7478
Linkedin

Experienced • Established • Effective

Tired, sick nurses make more mistakes, study finds

There's no question that working at a hospital is complicated and stressful. Patients come into the hospital in pain, under stress and fearing the worst. For nurses who are the front-line advocate for the patient, this can mean extreme stress or anxiety on the job.

It's important for nurses not to be too stressed, though. A study in 2016 showed that nurses under extreme stress due to high workloads, violence from patients, off-shifts and other issues were more likely to suffer from physical and emotional distress. This distress could, then, lead to errors that harm patients.

When a nurse doesn't get enough sleep, is attacked by patients or is otherwise depressed, tired or anxious, he or she is more likely to make mistakes. A study showed that nurses in poor health had significantly higher rates of medical errors on the job.

How can nurses get help to reduce stress on the job?

First, it's important for nurses to get enough sleep. Just a few extra hours a night could reduce the risk of fatal errors. Providing time off for nurses and making sure they aren't working when they're ill or frazzled helps reduce the risk of accidents as well. Overall, creating a comprehensive wellness plan and better work environment could help nurses relax, which would, in turn, reduce the number of errors patients face.

No matter how much sleep a nurse has received or the stress on the job, it's not okay to make mistakes. Patients suffer injuries. Medical personnel need to know when they're not in a state to work and take the appropriate steps to take time off.

Source: Medpage Today, "Reduce Nurse Stress and Reduce Medical Errors," Jennifer Thew, RN, Dec. 03, 2017

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Contact The Law Offices of Judy Snyder

1000 SW Broadway, Suite 2400
Portland, Oregon 97205
Map and Directions

Local: 503-894-7478
877-228-5027
Fax: 503-241-2249
email

Linkedin

We are known for our expertise in the fields of employment law, constitutional law, civil rights, professional negligence, catastrophic injury, wrongful death, sexual abuse law, professional licensure issues, personal injury and emotional injury claims.

Avvo Rating 10.0 Superb | Top Attorney | Employment American Board of Trail Advocates AV | Lexis Nexis | Martindale-Hubbell | Peer Review Rated Super Lawyers