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COVID-19 survey: RCN calls for nurses’ feedback on peak of the pandemic

The second of the three-pronged RCN surveys includes a question on ethnicity – in light of the disproportionate number of black, Asian and minority ethnic healthcare workers’ deaths

RCN researchers have launched the second nationwide survey aimed at getting nurses’ feedback during the peak of the COVID-19 crisis.

Nurses can respond to second survey without taking part in the first

The 15-minute online survey covers topics such as availability of personal protective equipment, redeployment and training, self-isolation, ethnicity, and the effects on one's work.

The survey, which closes on 12 May, is the second of a three-part questionnaire.

The first survey was held on 2-14 April before the COVID-19 peak, and the final one will be carried out in the aftermath.

Nurses can respond to the second survey, even if they did not take part in the first.

RCN survey open to all healthcare workers in the UK

The Impact of COVID-19 on the Nursing and Midwifery workforce study (ICON) is open to all nurses working in health and social care in the UK, as well as nursing students, nursing associates, trainee nursing associates, healthcare support workers, healthcare assistants and midwives.

The ICON study is being led by the University of Warwick and RCN Research Society Steering Group, whose members are drawn from universities and hospitals across the UK.


Daniel Kelly

Daniel Kelly, who is a member of the RCN research group and RCN chair of nursing research and professor at Cardiff University’s school of healthcare sciences, said the second survey includes topics on ethnicity and psychological support.

‘In the first phase of the survey we were quite alarmed about the level of psychological distress that was being expressed,’ he said.

One third of respondents reported severe anxiety, depression or stress in first survey

Around 33% of 2,600 respondents reported severe or extremely severe depression, anxiety or stress in the first survey.

‘The reason we think understanding the psychological impact of COVID-19 is important is that there could be other peaks,’ Professor Kelly added.

‘If that happens, the workforce could be facing a long haul here.’

Ethnicity question added in response to high number of BAME healthcare workers’ deaths  

Professor Kelly said the question on ethnicity has been added to explore the increased vulnerability observed among black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) patients and healthcare workers.

'It is important that we focus on groups most affected by COVID-19. It certainly appears that people from BAME communities are being hit particularly hard by the virus for a number of reasons, and we want to ensure that we understand how this relates to our nursing population.'

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