A National Nurses United’s survey released on April 14th from 2,575 NNU union nurses and nonunion nurses across the U.S. covered the period of Feb. 2-March 20, 2022.
Inadequate staffing, workplace violence and moral and mental distress are increasingly challenges for nurses, they revealed.
Ten findings, according to the union:
1. Sixty-nine percent of respondents said staffing is worse recently, up 20.2 percent from NNU’s September 2021 survey and a 47.8 percent increase from the union’s March 2021 survey.
2. Twenty-three percent of respondents said they sought treatment for a mental health condition related to caring for patients during the pandemic.
3. Nearly half of respondents (46 percent) said they were floated to units outside their expertise without getting any education or preparation. That’s compared to 44.3 percent reported in September.
4. More than one-fourth (26.5 percent) said they were “floated” or reassigned to a clinical care area that required new skills or was not within their competency. That’s compared to 17.8 percent reported in September.
5. Nearly 65 percent of nurses said their hospitals are using excessive overtime to staff units, an increase from 49.3 percent in September.
6. Nearly half of hospital nurses (48 percent) reported rising workplace violence. That’s compared to 30.6 percent in September and 21.9 percent in March 2021.
7. Nearly 84 percent of respondents said they feel stressed more often than before the pandemic, up from 53.5 percent in September.
8. Only 32 percent of respondents said their hospital has sufficient personal protective equipment stock to protect workers from a rapid surge of the virus.
9. Twenty-four percent of respondents said their hospital notifies them of COVID-19 exposures in a timely manner.
10. Nearly 67 percent of respondents are afraid they will contract COVID-19, up from 42 percent in September.
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