INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL OF NURSES COVID-19 UPDATE

MASS TRAUMA EXPERIENCED BY THE GLOBAL NURSING WORKFORCE

It has been almost a year since the COVID-19 disease first emerged. Nurses and other healthcare workers around the world face
enormous pressure at work, and the pandemic continues to take a heavy toll on the physical and mental wellbeing of front-line healthcare providers. Since the start of the pandemic, the International Council of Nurses (ICN) has been tracking its impact on health worker infections and nurse deaths, and calling for protection of the health workforce. In September 2020, ICN released a report, Protecting Nurses from COVID-19 a top priority, revealing the continuing and catastrophic increase in the
number of deaths and infections among nurses due to COVID-19, and exposing the associated risks in the pandemic.

This report, based on information from our members up to the end of 2020, is intended to highlight the continued critical importance of protecting and retaining the nursing workforce in COVID-19 responses. It also provides an insight into how policy decision-makers in governments, healthcare facilities and health organisations can deliver on their responsibility to support and strengthen the nursing workforce, which is the backbone of health systems.

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