Nurses often work twelve-hour shifts to identify, treat, and protect the patient’s rights as well as their health. When putting everyone else’s needs before their own, nurses often struggle to find time to focus on their own physical and mental health. Additional factors that further negatively affect a Nurses’ physical, mental, and emotional health are: verbal and physical abuse from patients, workplace bullying, high workload, short staffing, and long hours. All of these factors are possible reasons why 18% of nurses in the United States are suffering from depression. Due to the culture of the nursing profession, it is often difficult for those with depression to be open about their diagnosis, causing the nurses’ mental and physical health to wear down over the years. Personal mental health is a taboo topic amongst nurses due to their profession carrying a stigma of good over-all health. Therefore, some continue to suffer in silence, others turning to medications, substance abuse, or other unhealthy remedies. My research dissects this phenomenon as well as examines proven coping mechanisms for individuals working in Healthcare.
Nurses work long hours to identify, treat, and protect their patients. When putting everyone else’s needs before their own, nurses often struggle to find time to focus on their own physical and mental health. My research dissects the silence among nurses regarding their mental health and provides healthy coping mechanisms.
- Physiology, Psychology, and Healthcare