How should nurses on the night shift cope with the well-documented fatigue and health risks of staying up all night? A blog on makes some suggestions.

Here are some ways nurses can make decrease these risks:

• Advocate for changes in your workplace through your CNO and other available avenues (e.g., union membership, community education).

• Become an active member of your professional associations (e.g., ANA, specialty nursing associations) and participate in their respective legislative initiatives to eradicate these issues.

• Recognize the signs and symptoms you experience due to fatigue and lack of sleep and make necessary changes (e.g., say no to extra shifts, seek medical attention, get adequate rest/sleep).

• Support and respect your fellow nursing staff members.

• Be mindful and focused when providing patient care.