Depression Epidemic in the Nursing Profession
Should A Nurse Look Into Therapy Treatment?
I recently read an article on minoritynurse.com about a depression epidemic in the nursing profession. It’s no secret that the medical field could be a mentally draining profession with all that is experience during one working shift, not to mention the 12 hour shifts days.
“Depression is like a cardiac disease, you don’t know you have it. You don’t realize the subtleties, says Louise Weadlock RN, the founder and president of Access Healthcare Services. “Leaders need to create a culture that lifts nurses up. It’ Shouldn’t be a culture in which only the strong survive.”
After reading such interesting article I did my own research. Nurses working in hospital setting and nursing homes identified about 4 out of 10 people with depression and practice nurses working in primary care correctly identified only 1 in 4 four people with depression.
Nurses are selfless healer that ultimately save lives for a living. How can we heal the healer? As the minioritynurse.com mentions it starts with the managers, uplifting RN up by promoting them to other suitable, supportive work environments, and to make reasonable accommodations for nurses whose cyclic phase of depression is negatively affecting their performance. Joining nurse groups or social media following inspiring nurses that can relate to you.
How can we help?
Montville Counseling Center offers therapy sessions for professional nurses, and provide guidance from one medical professional to another. We offer a FREE 30 min look me over session to start! Call us now (973) 331-0043