A vast majority of nurse leaders (86%) feel prepared for a future COVID-19 surge, according to more than 1,800 nurse leaders the AHA’s American Organization for Nursing Leadership surveyed in July about pandemic preparedness and other key issues.

Respondents said their biggest challenges included communicating and implementing policy changes, staffing for patient surges, maintaining staff well-being and accessing personal protective equipment. A majority of nurse leaders felt the support from their organizations and teams exceeded their expectations.

“This survey provided a timely opportunity for nurse leaders to express their experiences and areas of need,” said Robyn Begley, AONL CEO and AHA senior vice president and chief nursing officer. “As the voice of nursing leadership, it is paramount AONL understands the needs of nurse leaders, shares lessons learned with the field and advocates for resources to protect and support our health care workers on the front lines of this pandemic.”

Access the survey report here.

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