Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Nursing Best Practice Guidelines

Professional and Personal Contributing Factors

 

Professional contributing risk factors for fatigue include:
on-call hours;
mandatory overtime;
a work week that is more than 40 hours;
shifts that are more than 12 hours;
inadequate rest between shifts;
rotating shifts within the work week;
working while sick; and
insufficient nursing staff and or ancillary staff.
 
Personal contributing risk factors for fatigue include:
working more than one job;
working voluntary overtime;
responsibilities of home and family;
age;
overall physical and mental health; and
hours of sleep.