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fatigue, human performance, nursing leadership, patient safety, staffing patterns



  1. Graves, Krisanne BSN, RN, CPHQ
  2. Simmons, Debora MSN, RN, CCRN, CCNS


A growing body of scientific evidence demonstrates negative effects of fatigue on human performance. Nursing practice encompasses many tasks that require optimal performance. Fatigue can be the result of a multitude of contributing causes. Nurses and nursing leaders must be aware of the causes and effects of fatigue and ensure that its impact is considered where staffing and patient safety intersect.