October 6, 2020

AONL: Nursing leadership COVID-19 survey

By: Judy Mathias
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Editor's Note

More than 86% of nursing leaders say they feel prepared for a future COVID-19 surge, in a Joslin Marketing survey of more than 1,800 members of the American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL).

Respondents to the July survey said their biggest challenges included:


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  • communicating and implementing policy changes (55% of respondents)
  • staffing for patient surges (54%)
  • maintaining staff well-being (50%)
  • accessing personal protective equipment and other supplies (47%).

Fully 40% of nurse leaders said support from their teams exceeded their expectations, and 34% said support from their organizations exceeded their expectations.

Support fell short from state and federal governments, with only 9% and 4% of nurse leaders, respectively, saying support exceeded expectations.

Most said telehealth will be the largest advancement in healthcare to maintain beyond COVID-19, followed by new staffing models, increased interdisciplinary collaboration, and wider recognition of nurses’ contributions.

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