Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Nursing Best Practice Guidelines

Recommendation 1.0 Government

 

1.1    Government at all levels nationally and provincially promotes the management of fatigue in healthcare work environments by:
a)       Providing sufficient economic and human resources within the work environment to prevent and mitigate fatigue.
b)       Increasing nursing school enrollment and funding to provide appropriate nurse to patient ratio in healthcare settings
c)       Provide funding so adequate physical infrastructure is available to support areas for nurses to rest; include designated space for rest in all new building designs as well as provide funding to renovate existing facilities.   
d)       Invest in nursing faculty by providing financial support to increase the number of students enrolled in graduate nursing programs.
e)       Providing funding to support mandatory education for nursing students, nurse educators, practicing nurses, and nurse managers about the dangers of fatigue
f)        increase nursing school enrollment and funding to so that there will be sufficient numbers of graduates in the future to ensure appropriate nurse to patient ratio in healthcare settings