The impact of COVID-19 on healthcare workers
 

During the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic (May/June 2020), with Dr. Jody Ralph (Nursing), Dr. Laurie Freeman (Nursing), and Dr. Kendall Soucie (Psychology), we interviewed 36 Registered Nurses living in Canada and working in American or Canadian hospitals. One year later (June 2021), we completed follow-up interviews with 19 of our original interviews.

Read an interview with the CBC about the project or an article in The Conversation by our team about initial findings

During the second wave of the pandemic in Ontario (December 2020), our team also created and deployed a survey to Canadians working in hospitals asking about stress, anxiety, and depression as well as use of support programs.

Our findings from the two sets of interviews and the survey suggested a strong need to intervene to help younger nurses navigate the extreme stress that will characterize the work of nursing for as long as the pandemic continues. To that end, we are presently creating a 10-week training program combining in-person and online elements to prepare senior nursing students to successfully transition into hospital-based jobs during global and regional health crises. Content areas addressed during the program may include trauma, burnout, moral distress, challenges related to nurses’ racial identities, community-based stigma towards healthcare workers, and resiliency. The finalized program will be made available to other nursing programs across Canada.

Our original work was funded by a grant from the WE Spark Health Institute and the University of Windsor; our current program is funded by a grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

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COVID-19 and healthcare workers

During the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic (May/June 2020), with Dr. Jody Ralph (Nursing), Dr. Laurie Freeman (Nursing), and Dr. Kendall Soucie (Psychology), we interviewed 36 Registered Nurses living in Canada and working in American or Canadian hospitals. One year later (June 2021), we are completing follow-up interviews with 19 of our original interviews.

 

Read an interview with the CBC about the project or an article in The Conversation by our team about initial findings

During the second wave of the pandemic in Ontario (December 2020), our team also created and deployed a survey to Canadians working in hospitals asking about stress, anxiety, and depression as well as use of support programs.

 

This work was funded by a grant from the WE Spark Health Institute and the University of Windsor.

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COVID-19 and healthcare workers

During the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic (May/June 2020), with Dr. Jody Ralph (Nursing), Dr. Laurie Freeman (Nursing), and Dr. Kendall Soucie (Psychology), we interviewed 36 Registered Nurses living in Canada and working in American or Canadian hospitals. One year later (June 2021), we are completing follow-up interviews with 19 of our original interviews.

 

Read an interview with the CBC about the project or an article in The Conversation by our team about initial findings

During the second wave of the pandemic in Ontario (December 2020), our team also created and deployed a survey to Canadians working in hospitals asking about stress, anxiety, and depression as well as use of support programs.

 

This work was funded by a grant from the WE Spark Health Institute and the University of Windsor.