The Nurses Are Not Alright


 
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By Shannon Firth

One in four nurses have sought mental health support since March 2020, according to a survey of the pandemic's impact on the profession.

Of 22,000 nurses surveyed, 24% reported that they sought mental health services since the pandemic started last March. For those younger than 34, this percentage rose to 36%.

More than half of the nurses who responded to the survey reported exhaustion, just over a third were "anxious or unable to relax," and slightly less than a quarter reported "feeling depressed" in the 14 days prior to completing the survey.

Four in 10 nurses under age 34 said they were depressed, isolated, or lonely, and nearly half acknowledged a "desire to quit" in those 14 days prior to the survey.

Mental Health Challenges

Notably, more than half of those surveyed who were younger than 34 disagreed or strongly disagreed with the statement "My employer values my mental health."

"These are people who have sustained exhaustion and trauma" and witnessed "an unquantifiable amount of suffering and death" in a very short time, Kate Judge, said in an interview during which a press relations person was present.

"There's no unseeing and unliving what they lived," she said, and the impact of those experiences still isn't clear.

Of nurses under age 34, 3% reported feeling suicidal in the prior 14 days, she noted.


 
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