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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/182424
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Creating a Healthy Work Environment: Strategies that Reduce Healthcare Worker Fatigue
Author(s):
Buenaventura, Sarah
Author Details:
Sarah Buenaventura, RN, BSN, CMSRN, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Illinois, USA, email: slowell@nmh.org
Abstract:
Healthcare worker fatigue has been identified as a risk factor for worker injuries. Such injuries can result in both decreased productivity and increased costs to the organization. At a large, urban, academic medical center, members of Nursing Best People and Professional Excellence Committee, which is part of the hospital-wide nursing shared leadership structure, have set an annual goal to advance strategies that promote a healthy work environment. In support of this goal, committee members have developed two initiatives. This first is called the "Take a Break" program. This program has established clear standards and a documented process to ensure staff receive uninterrupted meal breaks. These best practices regarding breaks are being shared among units. Follow-up surveys of units, post-implementation, demonstrate compliance with breaks having reached 100% in some areas. The second program is designed to reduce healthcare worker fatigue through a series of interventions that include: wellness education for employees (e.g., the impact of fatigue on errors, stress and fatigue management, etc.), changes in organizational scheduling standards and guidelines, and establishing a culture of acceptance in identifying and admitting fatigue in workers. These programs are critical in advancing a healthy work environment for nurses and other caregivers. They also demonstrate the commitment of the Nursing Best People and Professional Excellence Committee to providing leadership in supporting the well-being of their nursing colleagues across the organization.
Repository Posting Date:
28-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
28-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2009
Conference Name:
ANCC National Magnet Conference
Conference Host:
American Nurses Credentialing Center
Conference Location:
Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Description:
"Magnet: Inspiring Innovation, Achieving Outcomes" was the theme and "Explore the relationship among leadership, innovation, and nursing practice outcomes" was the goal of the 13th American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) National Magnet Conference, held 1-3 October, 2009 in Louisville, Kentucky, USA.
Note:
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DC FieldValue Language
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleCreating a Healthy Work Environment: Strategies that Reduce Healthcare Worker Fatigueen_GB
dc.contributor.authorBuenaventura, Sarahen_US
dc.author.detailsSarah Buenaventura, RN, BSN, CMSRN, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Illinois, USA, email: slowell@nmh.orgen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/182424-
dc.description.abstractHealthcare worker fatigue has been identified as a risk factor for worker injuries. Such injuries can result in both decreased productivity and increased costs to the organization. At a large, urban, academic medical center, members of Nursing Best People and Professional Excellence Committee, which is part of the hospital-wide nursing shared leadership structure, have set an annual goal to advance strategies that promote a healthy work environment. In support of this goal, committee members have developed two initiatives. This first is called the "Take a Break" program. This program has established clear standards and a documented process to ensure staff receive uninterrupted meal breaks. These best practices regarding breaks are being shared among units. Follow-up surveys of units, post-implementation, demonstrate compliance with breaks having reached 100% in some areas. The second program is designed to reduce healthcare worker fatigue through a series of interventions that include: wellness education for employees (e.g., the impact of fatigue on errors, stress and fatigue management, etc.), changes in organizational scheduling standards and guidelines, and establishing a culture of acceptance in identifying and admitting fatigue in workers. These programs are critical in advancing a healthy work environment for nurses and other caregivers. They also demonstrate the commitment of the Nursing Best People and Professional Excellence Committee to providing leadership in supporting the well-being of their nursing colleagues across the organization.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-28T15:23:37Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-28en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-28T15:23:37Z-
dc.conference.date2009en_US
dc.conference.nameANCC National Magnet Conferenceen_US
dc.conference.hostAmerican Nurses Credentialing Centeren_US
dc.conference.locationLouisville, Kentucky, USAen_US
dc.description"Magnet: Inspiring Innovation, Achieving Outcomes" was the theme and "Explore the relationship among leadership, innovation, and nursing practice outcomes" was the goal of the 13th American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) National Magnet Conference, held 1-3 October, 2009 in Louisville, Kentucky, USA.en_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.-
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