NYMC Faculty Publications

Title

The Role of Psychiatry in Treating Burnout Among Nurses During the Covid-19 Pandemic

First Page

176

Last Page

178

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

9-1-2020

Department

Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Abstract

The prevalence of burnout among US registered nurses ranges from 35 to 45%. In one study, nurses had twice the rate of depression compared with other health care professionals. Owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, burnout is a major threat to the stability of the workforce on the front lines. Consultation-liaison (C/L) psychiatry can provide assistance through liaison meetings, stress management programs, and curbside consults to help reduce the risk of burnout. Narrative medicine programs, mindfulness-based stress reduction, and meditation apps are additional means to alleviate stress. Given the current challenges facing C/L psychiatry and the mental health field in general, there is an urgent need to overcome stigma and financial barriers to make treatment readily accessible.

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