Health Desk- 11 Oct 2020: Many nurses caring for COVID-19 patients are suffering burn-out or psychological distress, and many have faced abuse or discrimination outside of work, the International Council of Nurses (ICN) said.
Supplies of personal protective equipment for nurses and other health workers in some care homes remain insufficient, it said, marking World Mental Health Day on Saturday.
‘We are extremely concerned about the mental health impact on nurses,’ Howard Catton, a British nurse who is the ICN’s chief executive, told media.
Nurses face a broad spectrum of issues that affect their mental health, including physical and verbal abuse, Catton said.
The World Health Organization said last Monday that services for mentally ill and substance abuse patients have been disrupted worldwide during the pandemic, and COVID-19 is expected to cause further distress for many.