Advocacy in action: Association releases preliminary report on COVID-19 nursing survey

New results from a survey of more than 1100 nurses across care settings in Manitoba offers a glimpse into the experience of those at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19 and paints a dire picture of the provincial response to the pandemic.

This study aimed to understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on nurse’s professional practice.  A mixed-methods survey was piloted with a small group of members from the Association of Regulated Nurses of Manitoba.  The survey was then distributed to all members of the Association, which includes licensed practical nurses, registered psychiatric nurses, registered nurses and nurse practitioners. These nurses were from urban, rural, and remote Manitoba, and worked in roles ranging from direct care to leadership and administration.

The survey questions asked the nurses to rank their level of agreement regarding the pandemic response, using a 5-point scale that ranged from strongly disagree to strongly agree.  The survey also included open text boxes, for nurses to include additional comments they wished to provide. The survey link was circulated using the Survey Monkey platform on Nov 9, 2020, and Nov 13th, and closed on Dec 2, 2020.  1192 nurses completed the survey, representing an 11.75% response rate among Association members.  The data was analyzed using both qualitative and quantitative methods.  Findings highlight nurses’ perceptions of the negative impacts on their practice resulting from COVID and the dire consequences to the most vulnerable clients. Nurses reported that their concerns are not being acknowledged; they want their voices heard, their expertise recognized by decision-makers and action taken to improve outcomes for patients/clients.

Download the report below.