A new survey highlights the mental impact that the pandemic has had on nurses.
The Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation (INMO) carried out a survey of its members in Carlow, Kilkenny and right across the country between April and July of this year.
Over 1,900 nurses and midwives responded and 97% of them said the impact on their profession has been negative.
Over 90% said they at least sometimes felt mentally exhausted at work and after work.
Most respondents reported trouble sleeping and high levels of stress and worry.
68% said they had considered leaving the profession, with 25% likely or very likely to leave within the next 12 months.