More than 500,000 jobs abandoned since pandemic began
November 2, 2021
According to a survey by the American Nurses Foundation, nurses feel “betrayed,” “guilty,” and “like a failure.” Nurses reported feeling exhausted, overwhelmed, irritable, and anxious. One percent of respondents expressed suicidal ideation.
Research into psychological distress and mental health issues during crises suggests that the world’s healthcare workers will face challenges through the pandemic and for years afterward. New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and an online survey revealed that one in 10 respondents seriously considered suicide within the past 30 days, and about one in five essential workers considered the same. Frontline professionals, and other healthcare workers to a lesser extent, are witnessing traumatic events that could lead to moral injury. Nurses and others affected by the pandemic’s trauma need education, coping tools, and therapy to help alleviate the adverse effects.