Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Nursing Best Practice Guidelines

Personal Wellness


It is important, then, for nurses to enhance and maintain their personal wellness by practicing the following health promotion behaviours:
assess fatigue level and arrive at work only when fit to work;
advocate for onsite child care resources;
access health and wellness programs;
consider personal preference for shifts i.e. where offered, self-schedule responsibly;
take breaks and vacations;
access resources provided by employers, e.g. Employee Assistance Programs for help with work or home stressors;
get adequate sleep and understand the consequences of sleep deprivation and disruption of the circadian rhythm;
participate in exercise and physical fitness programs;and
ensure adequate rest and recovery time between shifts.