According to a new study, most critical nurses have lowered their physical and mental health even before the outbreak.
Researchers at the Ohio State University College of Nursing found that 61% of over 700 nurses reported a physical score of 10 or less than five, and 51 percent reported a mental health score of five. Or less information collected from August 31, 2018 to August 11, 2019.
About two-thirds of nurses have reported medical errors over the past five years. The study found that nurses who reported poor physical and mental health were 31% to 62% more likely to make a medical error than those who were in good health with a score of six or more. Findings Published on Saturday American Journal Critical Care.
The results suggest that health care providers should prioritize the health and well-being of nurses to improve the quality of patient care risks associated with medical malpractice that can be avoided and prevented.
Bernadet Melnik, chief security officer and lead author of the College of Nursing in Ohio, said the findings underscore the need for hospitals to ensure that nurses are aware of the organization’s workplace health resources.
The number of nurses who report better physical health has increased with greater awareness of health care in the current workplace. More than 55% of those who reported better physical health said that they received a lot of support from their employers, and 67 percent said that they received better support from nurses who heard that they were in better mental health.
“If nurses believe they work for an institution that supports their well-being, they will actually have better health outcomes,” he said.
Overall, the study found that experts in the country’s nursing profession had warned that the situation was getting worse during the epidemic.
A study published in the journal last September General Hospital Psychiatry Linn In April 2020, he studied more than 650 clinics at New York City Medical Center, 57% positively diagnosed with severe anxiety, and 64% of nurses and senior providers compared positively with 40% of physicians.
An Ohio state study found that about 40% of nursing caregivers had some degree of depression and more than 50% had anxiety symptoms. However, one-third reported high professional quality, with 61% reporting medical malpractice in the past five years.
“I have a mental health epidemic in our clinic in the COVID-19 epidemic,” said Melenik.
Short-term measures to help nurses can help nurses include promoting health programs that provide counseling to medical professionals. Last summer, the state of Ohio opened a poverty line for nurses who could be called nurses to address their concerns.
But in the long run, Melinik hospitals need to make major improvements, he said. If hospitals abolished the traditional 12-hour shift, she felt it was a step that could make a big difference, usually 13 to 14 hours a day.
Nurses like to work 12-hour shifts because they work three hours after that [days] Then you get four [days] Lost, but “link” leads to “burn.”
He said health systems need to be staffed so that the ratio between nurses and patients is not too high.
Despite the physical, emotional, and psychological damage to nurses since the outbreak, images of medical professionals at the forefront of last year’s crisis appear to have inspired many individuals to enter the medical field.
The enrollment of nursing schools in Baccalaureate increased by 5.6% to 251,145 students by 2020. American Nursing Colleges Association.
Gerard Brogan, director of the California Nurses Association, said that while such increases are encouraging, health care providers will continue to implement their concern for the safety and well-being of nurses. Nurses who are adequately buying Brogan personal protective equipment point to further struggles. A study published last June American Nurses Association About half of the nurses are P.P.P. They reported having supplies, and 68% said they were working at insufficient staff levels.
He says there is a real difference between the management of the hospital and the clinics. I have never seen such a level of attitude between physicians and their employers.