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Critical care nurses’ physical and mental health, worksite wellness support, and medical errors.

Melnyk BM, Tan A, Hsieh AP, et al. Am J Crit Care. 2021;30(3):176-184.

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July 14, 2021
Melnyk BM, Tan A, Hsieh AP, et al. Am J Crit Care. 2021;30(3):176-184.

This survey of 771 critical care nurses found that 40% had at least one symptom of depression and nearly half experienced some degree of anxiety. Nurses with poor physical or mental health reported making more medical errors than their healthier counterparts and nurses in supportive workplaces were more likely to have better physical and mental health. The authors suggest that improvements in an organization’s health and wellness support programs could result in fewer reported medical errors. Notably, this study was completed prior to the COVID-19 pandemic which has led to an even further decline in nurse wellness.