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The nurse's mental health is deteriorating, more people are seeking care



More than half of critical care nurses said they were "not emotionally healthy," according to a recent COVID-19 study on mental health and well-being conducted by the American Nurses Foundation.

Of the 9,572 nurses surveyed, 75% of nurses in all roles said they felt "stressed" and 10% said they felt "useless". The figures were particularly worse among nurses and younger nurses. About 51% of nurses between the ages of 25 and 34 reported feeling "emotionally unhealthy," according to the survey.

Among critical care nurses, 80% reported feeling "stressed" or "exhausted" during the past 14 days, while almost half felt "depressed". The survey results indicated that the deteriorating mental health among frontline workers triggers an increase in poor physical health and behavior and an increase in seeking care.

When asked about their behavior, 71

% reported increased sleep difficulties in the last 14 days, 45% reported overeating, 29% reported increased alcohol consumption, 6% reported increased suicidal thoughts and 2% reported increased "self-harming behavior."

Among nurses of all types, 20% reported increased alcohol consumption, 5% reported feeling isolated, 4% reported increased suicidal thoughts, 3% reported increased substance use, and 1% reported "self-harming behavior."

The survey also noted a positive increase in the number of nurses seeking professional mental health care. In a previous survey, 24% of nurses reported seeking care. That figure has increased by 7% YTD.

Of the almost 10,000 nurses surveyed, 92% were women, 7% men and 1% were "other". Seventy-four percent were white, 10% were black or African American, 4% were Asian, and 4% were Hispanic or Hispanic. Sixty percent were 25 to 54 years old and 76% reported giving patients immediate care.

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