September is National Pain Awareness Month. 20% of Americans (~50 million people) live, day-to-day, with chronic or reoccurring pain. Whether it is acute pain in the form of regular headaches, or constant back and muscle aches or PTSD, pretty much every adult experiences pain on some level.
Flagged as the Year of the Nurse, 2020 promised to bring a greater awareness to the pivotal role of nurses — innovative leaders who are instrumental in transforming human health. Thanks to the global pandemic, their severely understated role as wellness champions quickly elevated.
During the COVID-19 crisis, nurses are working extra hours and are being subjected to high stress situations with a great deal of uncertainty. Dr. Singletary explains how this results in trauma. We learn about the stages of trauma, its signs, and what nurses can do to maintain their mental health during these stressful times.