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The Impact of COVID-19 on Psychological Health and Safety of British Columbia Nurses: A Follow-up Survey Study

COVID-19 Research Area(s): Healthcare Delivery & Policy, Mental Health & Wellbeing

In December 2019, UBC researchers (Havaei and MacPhee) in collaboration with the British Columbia Nurses’ Union (BCNU) conducted a province-wide survey study of BC nurses. The focus of this customized survey was to conduct a baseline assessment of their psychological health and safety. The study results related to the prevalence of workplace violence and mental health problems (e.g., posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, burnout) were concerning. In March 2020, a global pandemic occurred during which the province moved into a state of emergency. At this time, the nursing workforce, the forefront of the healthcare system, has faced many work-related risk factors such as the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPEs).

The purpose of this follow up survey study is to utilize valid, reliable assessments tools to (a) document the change in BC nurses’ rates of psychological health and safety and workplace risk factors post pandemic; and b) examine the impact of the pandemic on nurses’ psychological health and safety. Analyses will be conducted at multiple levels including at provincial and healthcare sector levels.