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Did your overtired nurse make a mistake?

Nursing is a challenging profession. In addition to the immense responsibility of providing you with excellent care, nurses also often work long hours.

Often, rather than hospitals offering nurses more time off to recuperate, they incentivize nurses to take the most challenging shifts. Like any professional, it can be difficult for nurses to do their jobs when they are overtired, leading them to make mistakes.

Here’s what to keep in mind when you are in the hospital with an overworked nurse.

Be kind, but ask questions

Nurses want to do their job well, but they face many challenges. You can help your nurse avoid making mistakes by being considerate while still being involved with your care.

When you talk to your nurses, ask about the treatments they are providing or what medications they are administering. Asking questions helps your nurse stay engaged with what you need and can help jog their memory.

Don’t be afraid to speak up

Your nurses want to give you excellent care, but sometimes they make mistakes. If you notice something out of the ordinary, it is essential to talk to your medical team. Catching a mistake early (or before it happens) could make a critical difference.

Also, keep in mind, you can always ask for more information. If you are uncertain about a change in your treatment plan, it is important to ask to talk to other team members so you can learn what is and will be happening.