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Overcrowded hospitals lead to depressed nurses

New research shows overcrowded hospital units can negatively impact the health of employees working in them.

A new report found that nurses working in hospitals that were 10% over their “optimal” capacity were twice as likely to be out sick due to depressive disorders.

Chances are, those weren’t cases of staffers playing hooky to get a breather. The study found that there was no similar increase in the use of sick days due to stress or other psychiatric disorders.

The study was published in The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.

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