Tuesday, May 26, 2015

What is causing the increase in mental health problems for nurses?

"A BBC report indicates that staff ill health on account of mental health issues has doubled throughout England in the past four years.

The BBC revealed 41,112 staff were off sick with depression, stress, and anxiety in 2014 – up from previous figures of 20,207 in 2010. NHS England have acknowledged more needs to be done to support staff with mental health problems but have not outlined what these measures will be. 

The obvious question is, what is causing this alarming increase in mental health problems amongst nursing staff? The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has said it was down to ‘relentless pressure’ on staff and staff shortages with long shifts further compounding the problem".

Do you agree with the RCN? Have any other ideas?

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