Nurses have been on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic and the stressors they are exposed to can cause health problems such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in a group that was already at risk before the pandemic. PTSD is an illness that develops after a person has been through a traumatic event such as facing great suffering and death.
Purpose: To carry out a national survey of the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on nurses' work situation, health and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in three national cohorts in order to create a knowledge base from which long-term strategic programs can be developed.
Implementation: A follow-up questionnaire survey is conducted in the observational longitudinal study LANE (Longitudinal Analysis of Nursing Education/Entry into work life). The nurses included in the study represent many different perspectives as 95% of the study participants who took part in 2018 worked in health care in several different functions/roles. A specially adapted questionnaire with relevance for the work during the pandemic is developed jointly with researchers with expertise regarding PTSD and nurses in the activities that have been burdened the most during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Expected result: The study is expected to contribute knowledge about the health and work environment situation of nurses in 2021, more than one year after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. This knowledge can be used as a basis for strategic development work within the health and medical care's various activities that aim to prevent ill health, sick leave, low job satisfaction and negative staff turnover caused by the pandemic.