Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Nursing Best Practice Guidelines

Recommendation 4.0 Education


4.1 Occupational health and safety educational programs include formal and informal education sessions that address:
a)       recognizing and preventing fatigue;
b)       the factors that contribute to fatigue;
c)       the implications of nurse fatigue on patient safety, nurse well-being, and organizational well-being;
d)       sleep hygiene and,
e)       utilizing self-assessment practices for fatigue
4.2 Academic Settings incorporate specific content related to nurse fatigue in the curriculum for nursing students, preceptors, professors, and other educators.
Academic settings establish a method of evaluation that feeds-back into the process to determine if student nurse fatigue and nursing faculty fatigue in the academic setting and workplace has been reduced
 4.3    Organizations and Academic settings:
a)       Incorporate information regarding fatigue recognition, and prevention strategies into orientation manuals for: staff, nursing students and preceptors
b)      Enhance leadership courses to address issues related to fatigue.
c)      Promote research to assist health care organizations to implement and evaluate strategies to address nurse fatigue