The University of British Columbia conducted a confidential online psychological health survey in collaboration with the BC Nurses' Union from June 17 - July 22, 2020. It followed a similar survey that was initiated in the fall of 2019. The nurse researchers asked that members share their experience around anxiety, burnout, depression, and exposure to violence during COVID-19.
COVID-19 has changed the workplace landscape for nurses. The data captured helps inform requirements for pandemic planning that will incorporate the psychological health of nurses now and for the future. Like the previous 2019 survey, results will be shared with members, as well as used to support evidence to drive policy changes.
BCNU collaborated with UBC on a psychological health and safety survey in the fall of 2019 that focused on the overall mental health of our members. Among the results, more than 50 percent of nurses reported high levels of burnout, more than 80 percent reported exposure to emotional abuse, and nearly 65 percent had serious to significant concerns about workload management in their workplace.
Despite the overwhelming impact on their psychological well-being, on average, more than 92 percent of all respondents also reported that they remained proud of the work they do, they felt that their work
was an important part of their identity and
would be willing to give extra effort if needed. You can review more details in the published findings below.
National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace
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