According to the CDC, every year, 130 million people visit a U.S. hospital relying on our 4.2 million Registered Nurses (RNs) to administer medications and treatments and attend to patient inquiries.
Over the years, hospitals have experienced increasing pressure to address our healthcare infrastructure as well as pre-existing conditions that were exacerbated by the pandemic.
Since the pandemic started, approximately one in five health-care workers left their job, citing lack of recognition, staffing shortages, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), trauma, and burnout. Further, a 2021 McKinsey & Company survey reported that thirty-two percent of RNs in the U.S. said they may leave their current direct-patient-care role.
It goes without saying that our nurses are vital and deserve access to mental and physical health resources to navigate an ever-changing healthcare landscape.
Beyond Trauma Podcast
THAY’s Executive Director and Founder, Lara Land, introduces us to vicarious trauma, a common mental health issue in nurses and other first responders on Episode 16 of Lara Land’s Beyond Trauma Podcast featuring Pamela Stokes Eggleston