The global nurses’ federation has released the number of deaths from the CCP Virus so far, and the number is frightening.
More than 3,000 nurses have died from the pandemic to date, said the federation on March 11, and it warns there may be a mass exodus of health care workers who have been overwhelmed by the sheer volume of sick and dying patients. Not to mention the enormous workload endured by medical staff, working long hours.
The International Council of Nurses (ICN) said burnout and stress have led millions of nurses to consider quitting the profession. The federation admitted the death toll of nurses as reported—compiled from 60 countries—is sure to be grossly underreported.
A dwindling community of experienced nurses could be put under immense pressure when the pandemic is finally over and the backlog of routine hospital procedures falls on their already fragile shoulders.
ICN chief executive Howard Catton said nurses had gone through “mass traumatization” during the pandemic, being pushed to their physical and mental limits. “They reach a point where they’ve given everything they can,” he told reporters.
The ICN said in a report that the pandemic “could trigger a mass exodus from the profession” from as early as the second half of 2021. The global nurse shortage could widen to nearly 13 million, it added.
“We could be on a precipice,” said Catton, recalling that it took three to four years of training to produce a novice nurse.
Catton said the global workforce of 27 million nurses was 6 million short going into the pandemic—and 4 million were heading for retirement by 2030, reported FreeMalaysia.
The World Health Organization (WHO) hopes to see health care workers in all countries being vaccinated within the first 100 days of 2021.
For nurses, who are faced every day with an increased risk of infection, immunization “is about their right to being protected at work,” said Catton. “Not being protected at work adds to their distress.”
The ICN strongly recommended that all nurses take a CCP Virus (COVID-19) jab. “It is an issue of protection and safety for patients,” Catton said.
“If somebody doesn’t have the vaccine then it may well be that you have to look at redeploying them to other areas.” Catton said nurses had done a “phenomenal” job “to lead the world through this pandemic.”
History is sure to treat them kindly.