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Nurses in Wales urged to take part in survey assessing COVID-19’s effects on well-being

Online survey is open to nursing and midwifery staff, students and healthcare support workers

Online survey is open to nursing and midwifery staff, nursing students and healthcare support workers

The impact of COVID-19 on the health and well-being of nursing staff in Wales is the focus of a new survey.

Public Health Wales, with the support of RCN Wales, the Royal College of Midwives, and Welsh universities, is urging people to take part in a 10-15 minute-long anonymous online questionnaire , which is open to all nursing and midwifery staff, nursing students and healthcare support workers.

Money worries and lack of support were highlighted in a 2020 report

The findings will help in understanding how

Online survey is open to nursing and midwifery staff, nursing students and healthcare support workers

Nurses in Wales have been urged to take part in a survey assessing COVID-19’s impact on health and well-being
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The impact of COVID-19 on the health and well-being of nursing staff in Wales is the focus of a new survey.

Public Health Wales, with the support of RCN Wales, the Royal College of Midwives, and Welsh universities, is urging people to take part in a 10-15 minute-long anonymous online questionnaire, which is open to all nursing and midwifery staff, nursing students and healthcare support workers.

Money worries and lack of support were highlighted in a 2020 report

The findings will help in understanding how COVID-19 has affected healthcare staff and what actions should be taken to support them.

It will also explore if issues identified in a previous Public Health Wales health and well-being report should remain key priorities. This report, published in May 2020, found nurses and midwives in Wales were struggling financially, with more than half working extra shifts or asking for financial help from family and friends.

The report also identified the need for greater support for younger and newly qualified staff, so researchers have opened the latest survey to nursing and midwifery students to ensure their views are represented.

Survey findings will reflect how COVID has affected staff health and well-being

Public Health Wales researcher Benjamin Gray, who is leading the survey project, said it will provide vital insight into the effects of the pandemic on the current and future workforce.

‘We’re delighted to be working in collaboration with organisations across the NHS and higher education in Wales to ensure that the findings from the survey shape recovery planning and action to support the health and well-being of healthcare workers and students,’ he said.

RCN Wales director Helen Whyley urged all members to take part in the survey, saying: ‘It is vital that the health and well-being of the nursing workforce is at the centre of the COVID-19 recovery.

‘For this to happen, we need to understand about the working lives of nursing staff and how the health and well-being of our workforce in Wales has been affected during the pandemic.’

The health and well-being survey is open until 6 August.

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