ROTTERDAM – Four in ten IC nurses experience complaints such as anxiety, depression or post-traumatic stress as a result of work, according to a study by Radboudumc in Nijmegen and Erasmus MC in Rotterdam.
In October they conducted a survey among 600 IC nurses throughout the Netherlands.
According to the researchers, half of the participating nurses have an increased risk of failure due to fatigue related to work. “One in four IC nurses has been unable to work for a period since the Covid-19 pandemic, mainly because of physical or mental complaints. A quarter of them are still not fully employed,” the study says.
The research also shows that one in three is considering quitting as an IC nurse.
Nurses in intensive care units want to have more say in the organization of catch-up care and need more flexible schedules and work in permanent teams. They also want more colleagues in the workplace so that the workload is lower. They also say they still experience a lot of support from family, friends and their direct colleagues. “However, the perceived support of Dutch society has decreased drastically,” according to the universities.