Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Depression in Hospital-Employed Nurses Is Double The National Average

An INQRI supported study, published in the May/June edition of Clinical Nurse Specialist and led by INQRI grantees Susan Letvak, PhD, RN and Christopher Ruhm, PhD, has found that hospital-employed nurses demonstrated a depressive symptom rate of 18%, double that of the national average (9%). The authors of this study also expressed their concern with depression among nurses as it may result in difficult with concentration and limiting nurses ability to perform mental and interpersonal tasks to the best of their ability. Thus, depression could be linked to not only lower total work output, but negative patient outcomes.

You can access the abstract (free) and the full-text (subscription required) of this study, here.

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