Author Merchant, Jayne
Source British Journal of Community Nursing (BR J COMMUNITY NURS); Jul 2021; 26(7)
Abstract The COVID-19 pandemic has required rapid adaptation of the community nursing service, including the introduction of online communication platforms to prevent COVID-19 transmission among staff. Remote working has protected the workforce in the community from being decimated through team sickness, but has resulted in nurses who are feeling anxious and isolated from their colleagues while experiencing increased workloads, with complex and often emotionally challenging situations. The pressures of community nursing and the associated impact on sickness absence relating to mental health are well documented. The resources made available to support staff wellbeing were increased during the pandemic, but there remains some disparity of access to these resources. There is much that can be done by the district nurse as a leader of a team to ensure that the pressures are managed in a way that promotes team cohesion and mutual respect, while ensuring that open communication about wellbeing is encouraged.
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