Mental Health and Health-Related Quality of Life Among Nephrology Nurses: A Survey-Based Cross-Sectional Study

Nephrology Nursing Journal, 2021

Nephrology nurses face health and wellness challenges due to significant work-related stressors. This survey, conducted online between July 24 and August 17, 2020, assessed the psychological well-being of nephrology nurses in the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic (n = 393). Respondents reported feeling burned out from work (62%), symptoms of anxiety (47% with Generalized Anxiety Disorder-7 [GAD-7] scores ≥ 5), and major depressive episodes (16% with Patient Health Questionnaire-2 [PHQ-2] scores ≥ 3). Fifty-six percent (56%) of survey respondents reported caring for COVID-19 patients, and 62% were somewhat or very worried about COVID-19. Factors, including high workload, age, race, and the COVID-19 pandemic, may partially explain the high proportion of nephrology nurses who reported symptoms of burnout, anxiety, and depression.

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Montoya V, Donnini K, Gauthier-Loiselle M, Sanon M, Cloutier M, Maitland J, Guérin A, Dutka P, Pryor L, Thomas-Hawkins C, Voegel A, Hoffmann M, Savin S, Kurzman A, Kear T