An associate professor at Thompson Rivers University is leading a national project to reduce burnout in new nurses.
Jody Duchscher of TRU’s school of nursing has assembled a team of students, graduates and experts to create a web-based network to support new nurses.
Studies have shown between 31 and 65 per cent of new nurses consider leaving the profession within the first two years; 67 percent of them report experiencing burnout and express a desire to quit.
The project, dubbed Nursing the Future, gives registered, registered psychiatric and licensed practical nurses a place where they can share information and connect socially as they enter the profession.
“We have an opportunity to wrap our arms around our newest practitioners during one of the most challenging times in our contemporary health-care history,” said Duchscher.
The project is funded by grants from the Canadian Nurses Foundation and supported by the Canadian Nurses Association. Nursing The Future is sponsored by the CNF’s COVID-19 Fund for Nurses until July 31, 2021.
“Nursing The Future is a key initiative of CNF’s COVID-19 fund as this global public-health crisis has placed tremendous tension on the nursing workforce, particularly new practitioners who are transitioning from school to work,” said Christine Rieck Buckley, chief executive officer of the CNF.