Occupational fatigue can occur when nurses face demanding work environments and rotating shift schedules, according to a study in The Journal of Nursing Administration. Lack of sleep is a leading factor in the development of occupational fatigue, and nurses working 12-hour shifts are especially vulnerable, according to the study.
A nurse at Baptist Medical Center in Jacksonville, Fla., caring for patients with COVID-19 said that some patients are begging to be vaccinated as they await intubation. "They're desperate because they're gasping for air, they can't breathe, they're scared, they feel like they're going to pass away," said the nurse, who encouraged people to get a COVID-19 vaccination before getting sick.
Brittany Dillard has worked across the country in COVID-19 hot spots for 16 months. She has seen many deaths during the pandemic, but the Delta variant is different; patients are younger and unvaccinated, and she has seen more patients die in the last two weeks than in the previous six months.
Tower Health's Reading Hospital has improved nurse staffing with a new staffing model driven by predictive analytics and a commitment to gathering data. The plan has led to significant savings and greater nurse job satisfaction.
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American Nurses Association President Ernest Grant says in an interview that an estimated 83% of nurses have been vaccinated against COVID-19, but that a higher rate of vaccination is needed among nurses and especially the public. "My big concern is that I hear from nurses every day that they are tired. They're exhausted. Just when they thought they were going to get the chance to catch their breath, the hospitals are filling up again, and filling up needlessly because we know that if people were to get vaccinated, we could tamp down this virus," Grant said. (Note: To find the interview with Grant, go to the Politico link here and scroll down.)
Companies are seeking employees with increasing urgency, particularly in health care and in certain other fields. In the past few months, companies offering perks such as hiring incentives have increased, Indeed data suggests.