Fatigue and Sleep

Fatigue can affect every aspect of a well individual - both personally and professionally.  Lack of adequate rest is an element of fitness-for-duty. The AANA Standards for Nurse Anesthesia Practice emphasize that continuous clinical observation and vigilance are the foundation of safe anesthesia care. 

 Fatigue and anesthesia professionals


Night Shift Nursing, Self-Care is Key - authored by Krista Bragg, CRNA, DNP and Ken Bragg, BSN, BS, RN in in Advance for Nursing, May 2013

AANA Journal, August 2011: The National Study of Sleep-Related Behaviors of Nurse Anesthetists: Personal and Professional Implications by Chuck Biddle, CRNA, PhD and John Aker, CRNA, DNAP

Patient Safety: Fatigue, Sleep, and Work Schedule Effects - AANA Position Statement 2.17

In the Wellness Milestones index you'll find the article, Working the Night Shift: An Emerging Health Risk?   

Physiological Fatigue is addressed in Chapter 20, Promoting Professional Wellness, by Sandra Tunajek, CRNA, DNP, and Diana Quinlan, CRNA, MS, in the book A Professional Study and Resource Guide for the CRNA 2nd Edition

More? See also Wellness in the Workplace for compassion fatigue and Mental and Emotional Well-Being for stress information.


 Help to Get the Sleep You Need

National Center of Sleep Disorders Research (NCSDR)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • According to the CDC: "Insufficient sleep is associated with a number of chronic diseases and conditions." See more of what they have to say as it relates to your personal health - http://www.cdc.gov/sleep  
  • About Sleep offers fact sheets and pod casts with information and tips to help.
Sigma Thets Tau International Honor Society of Nursing

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