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Association of Sleep and Fatigue with Decision Regret Among Critical Care Nurses

Author(s): Linda Scott, RN, PhD, NEA-BC, Cynthia Arslanian-Engoren, RN, PhD, ACNSBC, and Milo Engoren, MD

Contact Hours: 1.00

CERP A: 1.00

Expires Jan 01, 2017

Topics: BehavioralPsychosocial

Population: Lifespan

Role: Manager

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Activity Summary

The effects of inadequate sleep on clinical decisions may be important for patients in critical care units, who are often more vulnerable than patients in other units. Fatigued nurses are more likely than well-rested nurses to make faulty decisions that lead to decision regret, a negative cognitive emotion that occurs when the actual outcome differs from the desired or expected outcome.


  • Discuss the relationship between sleep disturbances and decision regret.
  • Discuss the consequences of sleep disturbances for critical care nurses and their patients.
  • List at least 3 ways to combat sleep disturbances.

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