Nurse Survey Reveals Alarming Conditions

September 8, 2020 by Christen Aldrich

Filed under COVID-19 for Employers, COVID-19 for the Workforce, Engagement & Morale

Last modified September 9, 2020

A recent survey from the American Nurses Association uncovers disturbing trends among the 20,000 nurses that were surveyed. The survey, conducted
July 24 – August 14 makes it clear: personal protective equipment (PPE)
shortages persist during the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the continued shortage, nurses are forced to reuse single-use PPE. The lack of protective equipment is taking an emotional toll on the nation’s nurses. Five of the survey’s findings include:

1. Forty-two percent of respondents are still experiencing PPE shortages. 

2. Most respondents (68 percent) report they are required to reuse N95 masks, up 6 percent from May.

3. More than half of respondents (58 percent) report they are reusing single-use N95 masks for at least five days. That compared to 43 percent in May.

4. Sixty-two percent of respondents said they feel unsafe reusing N95 masks.

5. Fifty-five percent of respondents said they feel unsafe using decontaminated masks.

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