This best practice guideline has been developed to identify and describe:
- practices that result in preventing and mitigating fatigue for nurses and other health-care professionals;
- system resources that support practices to prevent fatigue;
- organizational culture, values and resources that support effective practices to prevent fatigue;
- personal resources that can be used to prevent or mitigate fatigue; and
- anticipated outcomes when fatigue is effectively managed.
This best practice guideline addresses:
- knowledge, competencies and behaviours that recognize, prevent and mitigate fatigue;
- educational requirements and strategies;
- policy changes at organizational and system levels needed to support and sustain practices that prevent and mitigate fatigue;
- implementation strategies and tools;
- evaluation criteria and tools; and
- future research opportunities.
This best practice guideline is relevant to nurses in:
- all roles, including clinical nurses, administrators, educators, researchers and those engaged in policy work;
- all domains of nursing (clinical practice, administration, education, research and policy), as well as nursing students; and all practice settings.
This best practice guideline will also be helpful for:
- interprofessional team members;
- non-nursing administrators at the unit, organizational and system levels;
- policymakers and governments;
- professional organizations, employers and labour groups; and
- federal, provincial and territorial standard-setting bodies.