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More nurses leaving profession due to lack of self-care, study says

November 19, 2018 - 3:00 am
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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Few people would argue that nurses are tremendous caregivers, but according to a new report, nurses do a terrible job, by and large, at taking care of themselves. 

As a result, nurses have a very high rate of depression, anxiety, fatigue, and burnout. In fact, nurses are leaving the bedside or the nursing profession at higher numbers than in the past.

One of the areas of concern is that there are fewer nurses who were willing to take on the traditional bedside care of patients in the hospital setting, and many are looking for non-clinical or teaching roles. Certainly there is tremendous value to non-clinical roles for nurses, but the fear is that the reason many are leaving is because of unrealistic expectations placed on them in the clinical setting, as well as unrealistic personal expectations. 

According to the study, the only way this will get better is if nurses actually start to take care of themselves.