Third of nurses have “severe” mental health issues due to COVID-19: study
A recent study has indicated that up to a third of nurses are currently experiencing severe mental ill health as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The study, called the Impact of COVID-19 in the Nursing and Midwifery Workforce (ICON), is being led by the Royal College of Nursing Research Society steering group, and is a collaboration between University of Surrey, University of Plymouth, University of Warwick, Cardiff University and King’s College.
The study found alarming rates of mental ill health in the nursing and midwifery workforce, with 33% percent indicating severe or extremely severe stress, anxiety or depression through this period.
This was the result of worry around the current situation and the current health system’s response. For example, 52% said they were lacking in confidence regarding current COVID-19 infection control and prevention. Concerns around PPE availability and training also featured heavily in the study.
Professor Ruth Harris from King’s College said that the results “show that individuals do not feel adequately prepared for the pandemic and are concerned about the risk to themselves and their families.”
Professor Daniel Kelly from Cardiff University echoed this sentiment.
“This is a situation that needs to be addressed by providing testing, safety equipment and support in all settings where nurses and midwives are working with great good will and bravery”.
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