The Washington State Senate Passed A Bill That Would Improve Workers’ Compensation Benefits For Nurses With PTSD.
Nursing has always been a stressful job, but nursing in a post-covid world is more challenging than ever. Sen. Annette Cleveland, D-Vancouver is sponsoring a bill that would provide workers’ compensation insurance coverage for Washington nurses who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) due to their tireless efforts during the pandemic.
What Is PTSD And How Are Nurses Being Affected?
“PTSD is a mental health condition that’s triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares, and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event,” according to the Mayo Clinic.
During the pandemic, nurses were on the front lines fighting for patients’ lives, and for many of them, the experience was traumatizing. In Washington state, the Legislature already recognizes that first responders should receive insurance coverage for their pain and suffering, but nurses with PTSD currently do not receive the same benefits.
PTSD is not the only form of mental health struggle that nurses struggle with. Due to the long hours, nurses work they often suffer from workplace burnout, depression, and anxiety. In a February survey of 1,200 nurses done by three state nurse unions, including the Washington State Nurses Association, nearly 80% of healthcare workers report feeling burned out by their jobs and 49% of healthcare workers say they are likely to leave the healthcare profession in the next few years.
When To Call a Workers’ Compensation Attorney
No one should have to choose between their paycheck and their mental health. By providing workers’ compensation insurance coverage for nurses with post-traumatic stress disorders through this bill, nurses will be able to continue to provide the important care our society needs while receiving their own health benefits.
A skilled workers’ compensation attorney like the ones at Emery Reddy ensures that the laws are followed and will take your employer to court when they aren’t. If you are a working parent or pregnant worker and suspect that your rights are being violated, contact our legal team today to discuss your options. Our experienced team will review the details of your situation, determine if you have a case, and help you decide on the best course of action for you and your family.