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Research shows vast majority of healthcare workers are considering leaving profession due to mental health impact of COVID-19

DUBLIN: A research commissioned by INMO has revealed that the vast majority of nurses in Ireland are considering leaving their profession due to mental health impact of COVID-19.

Research shows that 91% of nurses and midwives are experiencing mental exhaustion while off duty. COVID-19 had a negative impact on 83% of respondents, while 95% said it had a negative impact on their colleagues.

More than half of those surveyed mentioned that a patient they cared for died as a result of COVID-19. Sixty-one percent believe that quitting their job is the best way to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on their well-being.

The survey also highlighted work-related concerns during the pandemic. Some 83% believed that working during pandemic would endanger their health. 90% of nurses were concerned that COVID-19 might affect other members of the family.

While 40% were concerned about their employer’s ability to keep workplaces safe, 25% said PPE kits were not always available in their workplace. 90% of employees want routine COVID-19 testing. Thirty-three percent of health care professionals experienced stress related to child care.

The survey was conducted on 2,642 nurses and midwives who worked between August and September 2020. The majority (96%) of the participants were women.

The INMO has launched a mental health and wellbeing campaign called ‘Let’s Talk About It’ to raise awareness among Irish nurses and midwives about mental health supports.

INMO President, Karen McGowan, said: “This campaign will encourage our members to utilise the services available to them, while starting a conversation around the serious need for mental health and wellbeing support for frontline workers.”

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