I tell people to stay in their homes. Only when you live in our homes will we be able to go home.
The epidemic of Covid 19 has spread at an alarming rate around the world and has affected all areas of health, especially nursing. As nurses we are with patients 24/7 and when compared to other healthcare providers, we are at higher risk of contracting an infectious disease. In some cases we have to work until we get tired. Our physical and mental health has been affected, which has put tremendous pressure on us.
I still remember the day we met our first Code 19 patient in the hospital, our anxiety was at its height. We were deciding which nurse to assign to the patient, our hands were shaking and our hearts were pounding with stress. It felt like we soldiers were getting ready for war. Healthcare professionals are always trained on the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and how to prevent infection by washing hands. But this epidemic has touched our emotional health, for which there are no training measures. Even during a deadly epidemic, health organizations have not taken any steps to improve our mental health. As a result, most of our nurses are struggling with anxiety and depression, which hampers both our families as well as our ability to be effective in our jobs.
According to To Despuina and Crisola 2020., Outbreaks appear to be exacerbated during this time, as mental health problems among nurses increase, such as depression, anxiety attacks and suicide. Excessive workload, anxiety about the unknown work environment, lack of work experience, physical irritation and lack of PPE are significant concerns that need immediate attention.
Initially, medical institutions such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was giving instructions that changed rapidly. Delivering instructions to other nurses, following social distance at all times was a task in itself.
In Cowed Wards, family members were barred from coming and going, except for the nurses, to comfort the patients, often even in the last stages of their lives. I remembered a patient, holding my hand and asking me.
“Will I be able to make it, will I be able to see my children again, will I be able to talk to them?”
Imagine for a second you were transposed into the karmic driven world of Earl. In such moments, we helped patients by listening and facilitating our treatment through communication and communication. In addition, the extra stress of bringing an infectious disease home with us is an additional factor that affects our mental health. Home nurses with high risk patients stay in university hostels, so they can isolate themselves and keep their families safe.
Research by Mukhtari, Maudi and Golitalib 2020., Concluded that the main effects faced by nurses working during infectious diseases were loss of appetite, fatigue and suicidal thoughts. We can’t eat, drink or use the washroom while on duty because it requires us to remove our PPE, which is difficult in critical moments where every second counts. Is.
If such concerns are not addressed effectively, they will not only affect people’s lives but also the safety of the entire medical care system.
As the epidemic spreads, so will the demand for healthcare systems. Nurses need adequate time to recover from physical and mental stress to ensure maximum job performance. The ultimate goal of empowering healthcare organizations should be to find, plan, evaluate and implement psychological support programs for all healthcare workers. Specialists should actively assess the mental health of caregivers.
Recommendations that can help nurses strengthen their mental health include making sure they have a thorough understanding of infectious diseases. In addition, there is a need for recurring mindfulness activities and ways to express your emotions. Hospitals should adjust working hours to ensure comfort between shifts. In addition, health facilities should have access to water, as it is necessary to boost immunity and hydration. It is also recommended that in all health settings where nurses are working, early diagnosis should be preferred for active resolution of stress.
Finally, I tell people to stay home. Only when you live in our homes will we be able to go home.