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Nurse fatigue: A shared responsibility

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By: Ruth Francis, MPH, MCHES

RNs and employers can work together to promote healthy sleep.

GETTING ADEQUATE REST is important for everyone, especially when fewer daylight hours in the fall and winter may contribute to fatigue. According to the National Sleep Foundation, the recommended amount of sleep for adults is 7 to 9 hours a night. However, nurses responding to the American Nurses Association’s (ANA) Health Risk Appraisal (HRA) averaged about 7 hours, after working more than 10 hours a day, according to a 2016 executive summary.

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