Over 6,500 critical care nurses from across the nation responded to a survey by American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, and this is what they had say:
Believe the pandemic has depleted nurses and will cut their careers short.
Have considered leaving nursing after their experience in the pandemic.
Believe patients who choose not to be vaccinated undermine nurses' wellbeing.
Fear taking care of COVID patients puts their family’s health at risk.
Nurses want you to know the truth: COVID-19 kills.
The only way out of this is by encouraging people to get vaccinated against it.
"The death of a COVID patient is usually a very lonely one. It’s just very difficult to hold the hand of a stranger when you know yourself you would want to be there."
— Mandy, Nurse, North Carolina
"We lost someone a few years older than me with 4 kids."
— Kevin, Nurse, Florida
"I don’t like having to tell my patient who’s in one room that his mother just died in the room just next to him...and then he died later."
— Tina, Nurse, Louisiana
Nurses need your help because you have a powerful quality in the fight against COVID: Trust. Conversations between family, friends and other people who trust each other can open minds.
Patients and their families rely on nurses at the most vulnerable times of their lives. Acute and critical care nurses rely on AACN for expert knowledge and the influence to fulfill their promise to patients and their families. AACN drives excellence because nothing less is acceptable.