The NUM'S role in Fatigue Management 2
(Fatigue) in brackets?
What's with that?!
Well, (Fatigue) is in brackets just to remind you that if it were any other
Workplace Safety trigger,
you would be doing exactly the same thing.
So, What to do?
It's just what you've always done.
• develop clinical frameworks for (fatigue) safety by employing best practice in clinical processes
• empower perioperative nurses to engage in (fatigue) safety measures
• optimise as much as possible workload, workload distribution and work intensity to enhance (fatigue) safety
• utilise performance management processes to ensure clinicians work within (fatigue) safety boundaries • ensure adequate education, competency and orientation of new and existing staff with respect to maximising the (fatigue) safety culture
• develop fair and equitable fatigue-mitigating rosters (including lower fatigue-risk in on-call structures)
• employ rest strategies which facilitate well-being and work effectiveness
• Be vigilant for opportunities to further improve team behaviours (which may flag or exacerbate fatigue).
There. Job done.
It doesn't matter where you start.
It's where you finish that counts.
And some of these measures are more difficult to achieve than others.
Mark off the easy wins.
Then move on to the ones which will take more effort.
At least then, you will have been seen to have made a start, and you will be on the road to creating a safer workplace.
Hats off to you!
For the most complex parts, don't worry. Just think: "Are the obstacles absolute obstacles, or are they relative ones?"
For the hardest of problems, the hardest part about finding an answer is making a decision to find an answer.
The biggest obstacle to making a decision to set out on a path is to be fearful of not knowing where it will lead.
Somewhere not so far from you, someone may know what the destination looks like.
It is your job to allow that person to tell you the answer.