Mental Health in Healthcare Workers Amid the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has raised the demand for healthcare services and social care services, with intensive care unit services, in particular, coming under significant strains. Moreover, nurses are being pushed to do more than they have ever been asked to do in uncertain times. As a result, mental health in nurses and healthcare professionals has shown increased levels of stress and PTSD lately.

In present times, all healthcare workers face lengthy working hours, increased job demands, mental distress, tiredness, stigmatization, and psychological and physical violence as a consequence of the pandemic. This is in addition to the fact that nurses must deliver care to COVID 19 patients in close proximity, putting their own health and safety at risk.

The fear of spreading the virus to their loved ones but not being able to provide the same level of care to their patients while social distancing can cause more distress. Additionally, losing patients daily despite doing everything in their power to help can create a sense of powerlessness and hopelessness. Weariness, insomnia, anxiety, sadness, and stress are all effects of this serious condition on nurses’ mental health.

The Importance of Improving Mental Health in Nurses

Improving mental health in nurses during the COVID 19 pandemic is a critical global concern in this regard, as it may improve health services’ ability to provide adequate treatment. Nurses are exceptional problem solvers and thinkers, making up the majority of the healthcare professionals. As a result, they are considered essential at all times, and particularly amid a public health crisis.

Anyone who assists throughout this period is at risk of experiencing excessive emotional trauma and stress. Nurses are also at risk of experiencing secondary traumatic stress, as they routinely come into contact with patients and their families.

Since they often will be required to make tough decisions regarding patients’ care, they can experience moral distress. Self-criticism and severe feelings of shame, remorse, or contempt are all signs of moral distress. It may also play a role in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or depression.

When it comes to dealing with trauma caused by moral distress, getting help as soon as possible is crucial. Team assistance to discuss the obstacles of delivering patient care, continuous contact with supervisors, briefings on moral injury, and other strategies are among them.

When the stress and trauma become overwhelming, it can affect more than just their mental health. It can affect their physical health, their immunity, their decision-making, their personal lives, their overall thinking, and more.

Final Thoughts

In the longer term, the psychological impact of COVID 19 may be bigger than any economic one. This will be the most significant difficulty that healthcare institutions should encounter in the future. Deteriorating mental health in nurses and doctors can affect their well-being as well as their effectiveness as healthcare professionals. Therefore, measures to prevent and lessen the symptoms of depression, PTSD, and anxiety should be taken while creating opportunities for healthcare workers to support one another.

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