It’s a hard job.
It demands a lot of time.
And, you know, that’s why people have said the nursing industry has the highest rates of suicide in the world.
Now, it’s time to look at the data.
A new study from Harvard researchers has found that the nursing field is one of the most depressed in the country.
The researchers looked at data from the American National Center for Health Statistics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and found that between 2013 and 2020, more than 11,000 people took their own lives in the U.S. The study is the first to track suicide rates in the nursing home industry, and it found that suicide rates jumped from 17.3 per 100,000 residents in 2011 to 27.6 per 100.000 residents last year.
There were 7,959 suicides among the nursing facility population in 2016.
But, according to the researchers, those numbers don’t reflect the true rate.
The number of suicides that occurred in nursing homes is actually much higher than the actual number of residents, because the state of the nursing homes where people are being treated for illnesses is different than the state where they are dying, Dr. David Ruhl said in a press release.
When it comes to the rate of suicide, nursing home residents are at an advantage because of the high levels of care they receive.
“In nursing homes, it is extremely rare that patients will be admitted who will be diagnosed with a mental illness,” Ruhm said.
The data shows that more than three out of four of the patients who die in nursing home facilities are male, and most of the deaths were due to suicide, not a medical condition.
The suicide rate in the entire country, Ruhk said, is a staggering number.
“This is the highest rate of any profession in the United States,” Rühl said.
Ruhr, who worked on the study with a group of colleagues from the National Institute on Aging, says the study shows that the profession is “at a tipping point.”
“The health and wellbeing of the nation’s elderly, particularly women, is increasingly at risk from the epidemic of mental illness and substance abuse that has swept the nation over the last five years,” Ruchl said.
But the problem is not going away anytime soon.
“It’s the nursing community,” Ruf said.
“They are not going to disappear.”
The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that over the next 20 years, there will be an estimated 1.4 million deaths in nursing facilities.
So, it makes sense that, if you’re a patient, you’re going to be worried about your care, Ruf added.
“You can’t say that you’re just a regular person.
You have to deal with the health and well-being of others,” he said.
And the nursing professions needs to be a top priority.
The nursing industry, Rühr said, needs to develop strategies to address the crisis.
“Nursing is one area of care where the nursing professionals should have a role,” he explained.
“We need to develop a culture of care and a process that is respectful of people’s wishes.”
Ruhs research shows that a number of factors are at play when it comes a mental health crisis for the nursing care industry.
“The fact is that our patients are very diverse and we have a number that come from diverse backgrounds, and we need to be very cognizant of that,” Ruyhr said.
There is also a stigma attached to mental illness.
“There is an expectation that patients are mentally ill, that patients don’t want to be with people who are mentally unstable,” Rurh said.
That’s not the case, according Ruh, who says that “the vast majority of patients are not mentally ill.”
Instead, the vast majority are suffering from a mental disorder, and the stigma attached by society, Ruchh said, makes it difficult for patients to seek help.
Ruchhr is calling for more research on the impact of mental health on the nursing staff and the mental health of their patients.
“One thing that is missing from the literature is how mental health affects the quality of care,” he added.
The research has also found that there are some areas of the population who are especially vulnerable to suicide.
“As a profession, we have to work on all fronts to help all of our patients,” Rruh said in the release.
“But if you want to have a more prosperous and stable society, we can’t just be able to focus on the most vulnerable people.”