July 20, 2023

Nurse resiliency, health before and during COVID-19

By: Judy Mathias

Editor's Note

This study by led nurse researchers at the Deaconess Health System, Evansville, Indiana, compares the degree of resilience and physical and mental health in nurses before and during COVID-19.

A higher proportion of nurses surveyed during COVID-19 reported working more than 8 hours of overtime per week, had thoughts of quitting their jobs, and thought their workloads were too much, compared to before COVID-19.

Generally, resilience scores and self-perceived physical and mental health scores were statistically significantly lower in the nurses surveyed during COVID-19, compared to before COVID-19, but those differences were only seen in certain subgroups, especially younger and older nurses.

The researchers concluded that nurse leaders should implement interventions that build resilience and perceived well-being during periods of usual and prolonged stress.



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