Nurses are the largest group of health professionals, providing vital care 24/7.  DHB-based nurses working in acute settings account for approximately 40% of all Registered and Enrolled Nurses.

Have your say and keep up to date with our 3-year project that aims to combine new science and your nursing knowledge and expertise to better manage fatigue in New Zealand hospitals.  Together we have an opportunity to create positive change!

When it comes to fatigue and shift work, there are three facts you need to know:

1. We function best with unrestricted sleep at night.  

2. Fatigue is impairment caused by not enough sleep, by staying awake too long and by trying to sleep and work in the wrong parts of the circadian body clock cycle. 

3. Shift work is any work pattern that requires you to be awake when you would normally be asleep, on a day when you’re free to choose your schedule.

All three of these physiological factors can reduce your alertness and ability to perform your job safely, as well as your ability to get home healthy and safe.

Check out our fatigue facts section below for more information.

 

 

Safer Nursing 24/7 project mentioned in Nursing Review

We're almost at the end of our data collection period. Karyn O'Keeffe talks to Nursing Review about our progress so far.

13.03.2017
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Safer Nursing 24/7 project mentioned in Nursing Review
13.03.2017
Safer Nursing 24/7 Project Overview

Annette Huntington and Karyn O'Keeffe have recently been invited to give presentations at DHBs on the Safer Nursing 24/7 project. ...[more]

13.03.2017
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Safer Nursing 24/7 Project Overview
13.03.2017

Annette Huntington and Karyn O'Keeffe have recently been invited to give presentations at DHBs on the Safer Nursing 24/7 project.  Check out this 15 minute video recording of some of the presentation content by clicking on the image above.

Safer Nursing 24/7 Public Launch

We had two fantastic speakers for the public launch. Click on the image above to check out the video and hear what they had to say.[more]

02.11.2016
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Safer Nursing 24/7 Public Launch
02.11.2016

We had two fantastic speakers for the public launch.  Click on the image above to check out the video and hear what they had to say.

Our 3-year project includes a nationwide survey of all Registered and Enrolled Nurses working at least 30 hours per week in a DHB, in 6 practice areas that have a high risk of fatigue. These are: child health including neonatology, cardiac care/intensive care, emergency and trauma, in-patient mental health, medical, and surgical. We will use the survey results to develop tools to manage fatigue in New Zealand hospitals.

Our survey has now closed.  Thank you to all nurses who have taken the time to complete the survey!  We very much value your contributions and look forward to sharing the results with you as they become available.

Have your say about the project by commenting in our online forum. We are keen to hear from you about all aspects of the project, including the online survey, the survey results, and the Code of Practice.

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