Nursing Through Crisis: A Comparative Perspective
Nursing Through Crisis reports on five surveys where nurses’ perspectives of working through the COVID-19 pandemic were examined. The report describes how the COVID-19 pandemic ushered in a nursing crisis for a nursing workforce that have been overworked, and understaffed for decades. It shows that a significant percentage of Canadian nurses experienced severe or extremely severe levels of depression, anxiety, and stress, and high levels of burnout during the pandemic. A significant percentage of nurse respondents planned to leave the profession, and a significant percentage of nurses were undecided. The report outlined urgent recommendations for health-system employers and government to build RN careers in Ontario. RNAO will also provide the following programs to retain and recruit Ontario nurses, and aid in the health and wellbeing of these nurses.