Tweetchat: The impact of the COVID19 pandemic upon women in nursing

For International Nurses Day on May 12th, we’ll be hosting a tweetchat focussing on how the COVID19 pandemic has affected women in nursing.

When: 12/05/2021 at 20:00

Where: Twitter via @FeministRCN

Nursing Notes UK recently reported on a recent poll of 1,200 NHS staff from the NHS Confederation’s Health and Care Women Leaders Network, which showed a “significant rise in women working across health and care reporting a negative impact from their work on their mental and physical health.”

The poll found that caring responsibilities have increased for women in particular, increased negative impact of work upon their mental and physical health and that they felt less safe discussing this with their managers. It also found that women reported things have worsened since their previous poll last summer.

This is particularly concerning for staff retention since last summer an RCN survey found that over a third of nurses were considering leaving the profession. With women reporting worsening mental and physical health as a result of their jobs, the signs suggest that the retention crisis is worsening also.

This tweetchat will be a discussion about women in nursing but we’d encourage participation from anyone working in nursing, NHS management and social care. Women’s mental health and wellbeing is not just women’s responsibility to address when there are systemic and structural problems.

Questions we’ll be asking:

  1. Women, do you think COVID19 has affected your job or career in any way? How?
  2. What do you think has been the biggest challenge for women throughout the pandemic?
  3. Poll: Women, have you felt supported at work during the pandemic?
  4. How has nursing been portrayed by the media during the pandemic?
  5. How visible has nurse leadership been during the pandemic?
  6. Poll: Women, have your expertise and leadership been valued during the pandemic?
  7. Have there been any positive changes for women as a result of the pandemic?
  8. What could be changed to improve women’s work experiences during the pandemic?

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