"A report on nurse suicides recently found that the profession had higher rates of death by suicide than non-nurses in the US. " - Business Insider
Mental health is the least talked about topic in the nursing industry and in society. We've seen the happiest individuals in the world commit suicide. And it seems as if they are the people that are more put together, but in reality they were fighting with their inner selves.
Social media has torn the reality from the actual reality of nursing. There has been light brought on nurses bullying their young and nursing burn out, but no one has talked about the increase in nurse suicides.
No one knows the behind the scenes of nurse lives in and out of the hospital. Truth be told, nursing is difficult and challenging. Many people are unable to remove their careers from their lives when they are away from the bedside.
Just think about:
Nurses see trauma and death daily. Nurses have to report all abuses to the hospital even if the patient tells him or her not to. We are held responsible if a patient receives a medication that causes a sentimental event. It may seem like nurses have the best career, but deep down in the truth, it is tough. We hold so much responsibilities in the day to day care that it can be overwhelming.
The rate in nurse suicides are 23% higher than they have every been.
Contributions to nurse suicides:
Overworking and understaffing. Nurses tend to work overtime to earn higher income.
Trauma faced everyday (being faced with death and expected feel normal about it)
Exposure to high risk medications daily. This is high in nurse anesthetists and retired nurses.
Long hours with no breaks that cause wear and tear on the body.
Physical and verbal abuse from patients, family members, and even other staff members.
Little to no self care when off and unable to detach self from work.
To my fellow nurses, I must say, it is important to take care of yourselves! Self care is the only way to keep your sanity parallel. Remember to take those days off to relax and rewind. Your mental health is as important as your patients' health. Look out for your friends and coworkers, and if you are seeing signs or hearing suicidal ideations, please report it!!!!
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