A number of nurses are considering leaving the frontline to take up other careers once the Covid 19 pandemic is over 

The INMO in Cork say many in the profession have raised serious concerns about their mental health


A number of nurses and midwives are considering leaving the frontline to take up other careers once the Covid 19 pandemic is over 

The INMO's Cork based Kathyrn Courtney says she has spoken to many in the profession who have raised serious concerns about their mental health and  the constant struggle with exhaustion due to the pressures on them caused by the pandemic

Kathyrn who is a nurse at Marymount says "burn out" is a big issue and it's time the Government implemented strategies to prevent long term impacts on people's emotional wellbeing 

Speaking to RedFM news she says nurses give everything to their job and many are at breaking point and feel they have no other option but to walk away from a career they love:

"Prior to COVID-19 the health service was under resourced any way and it was understaffed, so to add COVID-19, on top of this it has actually stretched people completely and made everything so difficult. I mean there is also, you know, the anxiety around COVID-19 that nurses and midwives have every day, that actually has made people, re-think their work life balance, I have had a number of people speak to me about leaving the profession once COVID has settled, I think"

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