Version of Record online: 15 DEC 2003
Copyright © 2003 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Research in Nursing & Health
Volume 26, Issue 6, pages 434–444, December 2003
How to Cite
Ruggiero, J. S. (2003), Correlates of fatigue in critical care nurses. Res. Nurs. Health, 26: 434–444. doi: 10.1002/nur.10106
The author gratefully acknowledges the support of Nancy S. Redeker, Elise L. Lev, Lucille S. Eller, and Nancy Fiedler throughout the dissertation process.
In Memoriam: Robert S. perro.
- Issue online: 15 DEC 2003
- Version of Record online: 15 DEC 2003
- Manuscript Accepted: 4 SEP 2003
- Manuscript Received: 4 MAR 2003
- Sigma Theta Tau International Alpha Tau (Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey) and Mu Upsilon Chapters (the College of Staten Island, City University of New York); the Dean's Dissertation Fund, and the Dorothy DeMaio Nursing Research Award (Rutgers University College of Nursing Alumni Association)
- critical care nursing;
- work schedule tolerance;
- shift workers
The purposes of this study were to examine shift-related differences in chronic fatigue and the contributions of sleep quality, anxiety, and depression to chronic fatigue among a random nationwide sample (N = 142) of female critical care nurses. Twenty-three percent of this sample met criteria for clinical depression. Day and night nurses did not differ in their reports of chronic fatigue. Night nurses reported more depression and poorer sleep quality than did day nurses. Regression analyses indicated that among the variables of global sleep quality, depression, and anxiety, depression and sleep quality were the most relevant to the explanation of chronic fatigue. These findings suggest the need for studies of strategies to promote sleep and improve mood in critical care nurses. © 2003 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Res Nurs Health 26:434–444, 2003