Weary, Worn Out and Worked to Death: Fatigue and Error Risk in the Post COVID-19 Era

Author(s): Terri Townsend, Pamela Anderson

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP C 1.00

Expires Oct 15, 2026

Topics: Healthy Work Environment, Patient Safety

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

This foundational session explores the effect of fatigue on nursing judgment. Drawing from key elements of current research and the Healthy Work Environment Standards, this session identifies the consequences of fatigue for patients, nurses and facilities. The physical and emotional demands of long hours take their toll on nurses. Nursing error patterns are examined via case exemplars, especially noting time of shift. Strategies for preventing and managing fatigue are discussed.


  • Examine the three primary risk factors contributing to fatigue-related errors in the healthcare profession.
  • Correlate factors related to physical fatigue and nursing errors.
  • Recommend three strategies to alleviate physical fatigue and prevent nursing errors.

Continuing Education Disclosure Statement

Successful Completion

Learners must attend/view/read the entire activity, read Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes, and complete the associated evaluation to be awarded the contact hours or CERP. No partial credit will be awarded.


The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider number CEP 1036, for 1.00 contact hours.

Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing education only and does not imply AACN, ANCC, or CBRN approval or endorsement of any commercial products discussed or displayed in conjunction with this educational activity.


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