Nurses suffer burn-out in COVID fight: association

Nurses on the front lines fighting COVID-19 suffer from burnout or mental health issues.
The International Council of Nurses said many have experienced abuse or discrimination outside of work.
The supply of personal protective equipment for nurses and other health workers in some nursing homes is still inadequate. This is World Mental Health Day on Saturday.
Here is ICN's Managing Director Howard Catton:
"We are extremely concerned about the impact of mental health on nurses. Our most recent survey of national nursing associations found that more than 70 percent of them said nurses had experienced violence or discrimination."
The number is based on responses from around a quarter of national nursing associations in more than 130 countries.
Catton added that nurses face a wide range of problems that affect their mental health, including physical and verbal abuse.
"There are nurses who have faced discrimination, where their landlord has not renewed the rental contract for their apartment, or who cannot get childcare for their children."
ICN has campaigned for better protection and better working conditions for nurses on the front lines of the pandemic.
Catton added that some nursing homes and long-term care facilities in Europe and North and South America are still underserved, according to members.
Video transcript
- Nurses on the front lines fighting COVID-19 suffer from burnout or mental health issues. The International Council of Nurses said many have experienced abuse or discrimination outside of work. The supply of personal protective equipment for nurses and other health workers in some nursing homes is still inadequate. This is World Mental Health Day on Saturday. This is Howard Catton, the managing director of ICN.
HOWARD CATTON: We are extremely concerned about the impact of mental health on nurses. Our most recent survey of national nursing associations found that more than 70% of them reported that nurses had experienced violence or discrimination.
- The figure is based on responses from around a quarter of national nursing associations in more than 130 countries. Catton added that nurses face a wide range of problems that affect their mental health, including physical and verbal abuse.
HOWARD CATTON: There are nurses who have been discriminated against, whose landlord has not extended their rental contract for their apartment, or who cannot get childcare.
- ICN has campaigned for better protection and better working conditions for nurses on the front lines of the pandemic. Catton added that some nursing homes and long-term care facilities in Europe and North and South America are still underserved, according to members.

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