Nursing is one of many occupations with increasing rates of suicide. Researchers from the University of California at San Diego conducted the first nationwide investigation into nurse suicides in more than 20 years. They found that both male and female nurses had higher rates of suicide than non-nursing men and women in the US.

The findings are consistent with the increasing rates of suicide across the country. The US suicide rate has risen in recent years, increasing by 28% in the past two decades, to the highest it’s been since World War II.

Researchers found a suicide incidence of 11.97 per 100,000 people among women who are nurses, versus 7.58 per 100,000 for American women in general. Male nurses are also more likely to take their lives than men in general, the study found: 39.8 per 100,000 people, versus 28.2 per 100,000.

Nursing is one of the fastest-growing occupations in the US, yet hardships on the job include working long hours because of nationwide shortages, plus dealing with physical and verbal abuse on the job.

Here’s what the high rate of suicide among nurses tells us about the crisis facing one of the nation’s most in-demand jobs. Nurses must be given tools to care for their minds, bodies and spirits.

If you or someone you know is struggling with depression or has had thoughts of harming themselves or taking their own life, get help. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) provides 24/7, free, confidential support for people in distress, as well as best practices for professionals and resources to aid in prevention and crisis situations.

To learn  more about caring for your mind, body and spirit contact SelfCare for HealthCare™. Contact me today to discuss implementing this powerful program at your facility.  Interested in LeAnn Thieman’s keynote speaking, training and workshops? Email lthieman@leannthieman.com.