A new study suggests more than half of doctors, nurses, and emergency responders involved in COVID-19 care could be at risk for one or more mental health problems, including acute traumatic stress, depression, anxiety, problematic alcohol use, and insomnia.

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One of the nurses I know after dealing with cases since last March quit last week. She is in her thirties but because of all the stress and grief she has dealt with she can no longer do it. She had a massive panic attack the week before she quit when going into a room with a person who was going to pass. She is a fantastic nurse. This is a great loss because she was knowledgeable and great with patients. She is the 2nd nurse I have seen quit because of a PTSD situation. The 1st took medical leave in October because he literally became unresponsive after leaving a patient room. He sat down in a chair after leaving the room, put his head on the counter, and said, “No more.” That was the last I saw him. I have talked to 2 brand new nurses who tell me that after they work off the time they need to pay for the bonus they got or that pays their school loans they are leaving nursing.


Doctors already suffer from a significantly higher burnout rate, nurses suffer higher than normal mental health issues.


An ER nurse I work with committed suicidelast week


It’s kind of hard seeing people die in the ICU and call family’s telling them the news, only to stop for groceries on the way home and see smug assholes telling people they’re “sheep” for wearing a mask and walk around the grocery store like they’re some kind of mask less genius. I hope this ends soon, but that seems unlikely and improbable


I have heard a lot of people say: “Oh but it’s the doctor and nurse’s job! This is what they signed up for!” NO, they did not sign up to work with little to no equipment and in a healthcare system on the verge of collapse. In fact, the working conditions on COVID-19 units are so stressful, I can only imagine the long-term effects it will have on the mental and physical health of healthcare workers.