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Nursing Leadership COVID-19 Study

The American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL) partnered with Joslin Marketing to conduct a third longitudinal study on the impact of COVID-19 on nursing leadership in key areas over time.

Nurse Leaders’ Top Challenges, Emotional Health, and Areas of Needed Support
July 2020 to August 2021

The August 2021 Longitudinal Study focuses on new data and major shifts that have occurred in health care going back to the first survey conducted in July 2020. The new data from this survey indicates access to PPE and the ability to communicate and implement changing policies have improved, while staffing shortages and the emotional health and well-being of nurse leaders have worsened. The August report also offers new insights into nurse leaders’ needs and tactics being used to address the growing staffing shortage. The report continues to identify a gap between roles, with focus on chief nursing officers, directors, and managers.

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Presentation of Report

Top Challenges During the Pandemic: July 2020, February 2021 and August 2021

Challenges in July 2020:

Challenges in February 2021:

Challenges in August 2021:

Of note, the percentage of nurse leaders who selected access to PPE dropped by 24% since July 2020.


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