(WTNH): These are honest thoughts that go through the minds of health care people.
“It’s this conflict from the point where the job you want to do, the reason you got into it, conflicts with what you can do,” said Jim Brady, who has been a nurse for 21 years.
Nicole Davis, a nurse at Midstate Medical Center, has 1 year in her position as a nurse. “I was driving home and he was saying, ‘I still want to be a nurse,’ and he was saying, ‘I don’t know if I could take this’?’
They work for hours, sometimes without rest. But they all have reasons why they engaged in this business.
“When I was in high school, my dad was diagnosed with cancer, so just watching him go through surgery and what his nurses did for him and our family, I knew I wanted to do the same. and helping other families, ”Davis said.
Davis and Brady admit that work, while rewarding, can affect your mental health.
“The stories of being the only one who had the iPad so that his loved one could say goodbye to his loved ones and after that happened several times in shifts in some hospitals. A normal human being would have problems with that,” he said. said Brady.
Davis had to do it. – “I had a patient with Covid who was dying and I had to go to the room and FaceTime to family members while they were saying goodbye to their loved ones.”
Resources available on CT for people living with mental illness
According to a new study from the University of Michigan, nurses are about twice as likely to die by suicide compared to women who are not nurses.
According to reports, women doctors are also 70% more likely to die by suicide.
This current study does not include pandemic data, meaning the figures may be even higher. So here’s a mind check for healthcare workers from one of their own:
Davis said: “I think communication about mental health is very important. I think you should talk and not hide, so I do talk about it with other friendly nurses. We try to meet at least from time to time and be like normal people. But, I go to the gym, I exercise, I try to eat healthy and all of that helps your mental health. Talk to managers and everything. So there are things you can definitely do to help in a stressful environment. “