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As many countries and U.S. states enter the second wave of the pandemic, we look at the effect of the pandemic on nurses worldwide. Plus, a sleep routine that could help you rest better, and an astonished baby.
French nurses are close to burning out
This morning French Prime Minister Jean Castex said that France may have local lockdowns due to the resurgence of new coronavirus infections. A day after a new survey of nearly 60,000 nurses finds 57% of the country’s nurses are in a state of professional exhaustion—an increase of 33% before Covid-19 hit France.
In addition, more than a third of French nurses say their departments were understaffed compared to normal, and two-thirds say working conditions have deteriorated since the beginning of the pandemic, Yahoo News reports. Only 20% have been able to take a vacation.
The country currently has 34,000 vacant nurses’ positions and these degraded working conditions could increase the risk of more nurses leaving the profession, according to the national French nursing union.
How have you seen your working conditions changed during the pandemic? Have you been able to take time off?
Stretches and exercises to help you sleep better
Numerous studies have linked exercise to better sleep—decreasing the amount of time to fall asleep and the amount of awake time during the night and increasing the quality and quantity of sleep. However, not all exercise is equal: Vigorous exercise prior to bed can hamper these benefits whereas stretching and yoga-type movements could improve sleep quality, The New York Times reports. Follow this short routine before bedtime to calm down and relax.
British nurses are quitting
Nurses in Britain’s National Health Service quit within three years of joining, new research by the King’s Fund reveals. What’s more: the number of nurses leaving their posts within this same time period has risen almost 50% since 2013-2014 and is now 28%.
Stress, lack of access to food and drink during their 12-hour shifts, and the demands of caring for patients are key factors for the exodus. The report’s authors suggest shortening shifts to eight hours or adjusting schedules so that nurses can have more breaks during their shift, The Guardian reports.
How would you make the structure of your shift better? Are there ways that you organize your shift to prevent burnout?
ONE BIG NUMBER
The percentage of National Nursing Associations (NNAs) that have received reports of mental health distress from nurses in Covid-19 response. Burnout, anxiety, depression, and fear of stigma are the common mental health issues reported from frontline nurses, reveals the new report by the International Council of Nurses, which represents 20 million nurses globally. For instance, the Italian Nurses Association has reported severe mental health impacts since the start of the pandemic in Italy.
This baby is astonished by its own skills.