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The COVID-19 pandemic pushed the limits of healthcare systems worldwide warranting studies to improve preparedness for future outbreaks. This paper’s purpose was to synthesize and identify missing gaps in the literature of nurse cognitive workload and its relation to Healthcare Acquired Infections (HAIs) through the use of a systematic literature review. The results suggest that undesirable outcomes in nursing are due to increases in workload and stress which result from factors such as inadequate staffing, lack of communication, interruptions, and negative attitudes. To understand the effect of environmental factors on nurses’ workload and subsequently the HAI, we need to have a tool for measuring the workload. A literature gap exists in defining nurse workload related to infection, and new measuring methods which can accurately assess nurses’ cognitive workload are required.
Hugh Pierre Salehi
Primary Advisor's Department
Engineering Management, Systems, and Technology
Stander Symposium project, School of Engineering
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
Sustainable Cities and Communities; Good Health and Well-Being
"A systematic review of nursing cognitive workload for improved patient care and reduced Healthcare Acquired Infections" (2022). Stander Symposium Projects. 2740.