Cette étude a examiné les effets des années d’expérience en soins infirmiers et de la santé mentale sur l’incapacité de travail des infirmières pendant la crise COVID-19.
Aim This study investigated the effects of years of nursing experience and mental health on work impairment among nurses during the COVID-19 crisis. Background During the COVID-19 crisis, nurses experience a greater psychological burden than other health care workers. Studies have not yet investigated the effects of years in nursing and mental health on potential work impairment during the COVID-19 crisis in nurses. Methods A survey was administered to 83 nurses on active duty during the COVID-19 crisis. The graphical LASSO and the DAG helped estimate associations between years of nursing experience, mental health, and work impairment. Results A moderate negative correlation emerged between years of nursing experience, avoidance, and work impairment. A direct effect was observed between anxiety and work impairment. A moderate positive correlation emerged between anxiety, depression, and work impairment. An indirect effect was observed between depression, burnout, insomnia, years of nursing experience, and work impairment. Conclusions In the present sample, nurses’ work impairment decreased with greater years of nursing experience and increased with higher anxiety, depression, burnout, and avoidance levels. Implications for Nursing Management These findings can help design effective infectious disease management programs for students and professionals in nursing to prevent break downs and avoid work impairment.