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  • Record number of Ontario nurses may leave the profession after COVID-19: Survey

    Source: https://www.insidehalton.com/news-st...vid-19-survey/

    Record number of Ontario nurses may leave the profession after COVID-19: Survey
    Nadine Yousif
    Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
    Wednesday, March 31, 2021

    More nurses than usual are considering leaving the profession after COVID-19, due to a lack of support and high levels of stress, according to a new survey by the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario.

    The survey released Wednesday asked 2,100 registered nurses across Ontario between Jan. 29 and Feb. 22 how they’ve managed work and life over the last 14 months, and how they envisioned their profession after COVID-19.

    The survey was commissioned after the suicide of a Toronto-area nurse in January and subsequent calls by others for more mental health support and paid sick leave to combat widespread burnout among nurses.

    The survey results show that 13 per cent of nurses aged 26 to 35 are considering leaving the profession permanently after the pandemic.

    “Losing so many nurses at an early stage in their career would have a profound and lasting effect on how our health system functions so we need to take this very seriously and act immediately,” said Doris Grinspun, the association’s chief executive officer.

    Overall, the association said it anticipates 15.6 per cent of nurses will leave the profession within a year, including those who are retiring and those who are choosing to depart early. This is higher than Ontario’s usual nurse loss rate of 4.8 per cent.

    The results show that 95.7 per cent of nurses said the pandemic affected their work, with the largest percentage — 31.6 per cent — experiencing very high levels of stress...

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