Double Shifts And Overtime For Nurses Result In Injuries To PatientsLaws
Fatigued nurses could also be slower to respond to emergency or perform procedures. This could put patients are risk who are having serious medical emergencies like heart attacks or who go unconscious, stop breathing, or need immediate treatment.
Fatigued nurses also make errors in charts or in administering medication. This could result in confusions, mixups, and serious medication errors which could become fatal. Not documenting something means that it was not done, or at least that is the rule, so patients could end up getting double doses or procedures done because it was not originally recorded.
Overtime for nurses can just result in very serious and deadly outcome. Patients are hurt when the same nurses work extra long.