COVID has killed as many nurses as had died in WWI, nurse burnout, to be the next looming crisis.
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As many nurses have now died from coronavirus than were killed during the entirety of the First World War, the International Council of Nurses (ICN) has revealed.The latest figures collated by the federation of 130 national nurses’ associations show that 1,500 nurses have lost their lives since the pandemic began around the world.This is the same as the number of nurses believed to have been killed during the four years of World War One.
“The fact that as many nurses have died during this pandemic as died during World War I is shocking”, the federation’s chief executive Howard Catton said during an online conference earlier this week.“Since May 2020 we have been calling for the standardised and systematic collection of data on healthcare worker infections and deaths, and the fact that is still not happening is a scandal.”Separate analysis of global infection rates by the ICN suggests at least 20,000 healthcare workers have died in total from Covid, although this is only an extrapolation as concrete numbers do not exist.
The University of Arizona School of Nursing on the frightening possibility that our health care system will be overrun if nurses leave their jobs due to burnout.
Even before the COVID-19 pandemic started its devastating roll across the country, the health care work environment was experiencing challenges – especially for nurses. According to University of Arizona College of Nursing Assistant Professor Jessica Rainbow, PhD, RN, and UArizona Nursing PhD candidate Chloe Littzen, MSN, RN, AE-C, PhD Candidate, the pandemic has only intensified a problem that many people outside the healthcare industry aren’t even aware of: nurse burnout.
Prior to the pandemic, nurses who experienced burnout were leaving the workforce at an exponential rate. Coinciding with this, nurses were placed at a higher risk for the negative consequences of suicide and poor mental and physical health issues. This exodus has put added pressure on the already existing nurse shortage, which in turn has already negatively impacted quality of patient care. A lack of enough nurses in the workforce has forced nurses to work more shifts and longer hours, further placing them at risk for experiencing burnout and suboptimal well-being.
Following is a breakdown of the results that were garnered from the informal Twitter survey, as well as contact information for nurses seeking more information and support.
- The pandemic is on the verge of breaking the nursing workforce, and to a larger extent, healthcare at large.
The COVID-19 pandemic has strapped healthcare organizations for resources, both tangibly and financial. Nurses feel the squeeze of this lack of resources, and they are doing their best to make sure patients do not suffer. But this can only last for so long, and nurses will ultimately reach a breaking point. They will either leave their jobs once hiring freezes end or they can travel, or leave nursing altogether. Prior to COVID, the turnover rate among nurses was 15.9% in the United States.
For a snapshot of breaking point, Dr. Rainbow and Littzen asked in their informal Twitter survey, “Have you thought about leaving your job, or nursing completely during the pandemic?” Of the 44 participants, 39% selected “leaving my job” 18% selected “leaving nursing,” with only 43% selecting “neither.” Only time can tell if and when this comes to fruition, but 57% of respondents are demonstrating this breaking point.
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