Promoting workplace psychological health and safety of the nursing workforce in the long-term care sector

Every week, at least 500,000 Canadian employees are unable to work due to poor mental health, costing employers upwards of $6 billion in lost productivity. In healthcare, poor employee mental health leads to patient suffering and death and severe rates of staff absenteeism and turnover. Nurses, who constitute the largest human resource in healthcare, experience a disproportionately high rate of depression and posttraumatic stress disorder, and these conditions severely impact patient outcomes. COVID-19 has exacerbated the already numerous workplace risk factors that nurses face, with especially damaging impacts in the long-term care sector (LTC).

COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on workplace psychological health and safety for nurses across healthcare contexts, and especially in LTC. My research responds to this urgent need to improve the quality and safety of resident care provision by improving the workplace conditions for nurses in LTC, driving better systems and patient outcomes. I will work with new and existing partners to identify, implement, and evaluate best practices and policies in this sector. This research will have vast implications for scholarship, policy, and the success of healthcare ecosystems in Canada.