The Pandemic's Impact on Registered Nurses

Published on: December 10, 2020. Updated on: February 12, 2021.

62% of nurses

feel more sad or depressed than before the pandemic

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COVID-19 hospitalizations are reaching record highs and the health care system is struggling to keep up. There is a record demand for travel nurses as the pandemic exposes chronic staff shortages at some hospitals. Nurses are also leaving their jobs due to burnout, for childcare and home-schooling, being infected themselves, or health concerns.

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National Nurses United survey: The survey results were gathered from both NNU unionized nurse members as well as nonunion nurses in all 50 states plus Washington, D.C. and two U.S. territories. The preliminary results cover the period Oct. 16 to Nov. 9.

Supporting nurses' mental health during the pandemic: Owens, India T. MSN, RN, CEN, NE-BC, FAEN Supporting nurses' mental health during the pandemic, Nursing: October 2020 - Volume 50 - Issue 10 - p 54-57 doi: 10.1097/01.NURSE.0000697156.46992.b2


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