Rate of Suicide Among Women Nurses Compared with Women in the General Population

This study examined the suicide rates and patterns in Unites states from 2007 till 2018. Our health care workforce is primarily comprised of female workers, especially nurses. Among female suicides in 2017-18, nurses were 1.7 times more likely to carry out a successful suicide than non-nurse females. The most common method was poisoning. The two biggest risk factors for suicide amongst us are work stress and our own mental health problems. Editorial comment by Dr. Guille summarizes it well “it is important to acknowledge and address the burden of the health care workforces’ second shift: the never-ending, uncompensated, and often devalued domestic labor that is carried primarily by women, who make up 88% of the nursing workforce and half of all physicians.”
The data collected in this publication is pre-pandemic. But unfortunately, the situation is likely worse for this workforce now than ever before.
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