2022 ARNM Member Survey Results

By Kahla Evans posted 11-07-2022 13:47


 Key Findings

  • Over 80% of respondents expect that working in the nursing profession will be somewhat or much more challenging over the next 5 years.
  • Reducing wait times for emergency care was seen as both the most important and urgent issue for the health system.
  • Supporting nurses’ mental health in the workplace and improving quality of care environments for nurses were more important and urgent than adding staff.
  • Nurses identified over 800 additional suggestions for improving the health system, in 7 themes:
    • Respect for the profession
    • Retention of nurses in the public system
    • Supporting the mental health of nurses
    • Public education on the health system, and how to navigate it
    • Focus on care outside of Winnipeg hospitals
    • Nursing education
    • Clarifying roles of Colleges, Union, Association, Employers and Government.

ARNM will be using these results to further its advocacy work. Further information is available by contacting




Earlier this fall, ARNM asked members to participate in the annual member feedback survey to gather input to improve the ARNM member experience. Over 1600 of our nearly 10,000 nurses responded during the survey period. Most of the members who responded had been practising for 20 or more years, followed by those practising from 10 to 15 years. Although many members practise in two or more places, two-thirds of nurses work within Winnipeg, with just over 80% of members receiving their training in Manitoba.

Over 80% of respondents expect that working in the nursing profession will be somewhat or much more challenging over the next 5 years:

Respondents were asked to reflect on specific problems in the health system and identify the importance and urgency of five issues.  Reducing wait times for emergency care was seen as both important and urgent, while reducing wait times for non-emergency surgeries was both the least urgent and least important of the five issues.

When asked about problems facing nurses particularly, supporting nurses’ mental health in the workplace and improving quality of care environments for nurses were both important and urgent. Staffing increases were lower in importance and urgency, although still important.

When asked if there are other urgent and important issues that should be addressed to support nurses and the health care system, over 800 suggestions were made, with seven themes identified:

Respect for the profession included including nurses in system planning and policy development, as well as asking nurses to comment on nursing practice not administrators or physicians.

Many suggestions were provided for retaining nurses in the public system including salary, benefits, flexibility, and improved management.

Mental health and addiction issues for nurses and the public were important and seen as a contributor to emergency room issues. 

Nurses believe that the system is convoluted and complex, and the public needs to understand the system and how to navigate their way through it.

Nurses from all areas of the province commented on the need to focus on care outside of Winnipeg hospitals, identifying that the majority of health care can and should be delivered as close to home as possible.

Nursing education was an area of concern. This included the ability to actualize the increase in educational spaces, the need for LPN/RN bridging programs, the ability of new graduates to function in the real world, and the challenges in finding clinical practicums. It also included challenges in keeping up with new knowledge, especially when being moved from one area to another.

Finally, nurses expressed concern over what they see as confusion in roles between the 3 nursing Colleges, MNU, ARNM, Employers and Government.  They expressed frustration at getting different information from different groups. Examples included the inclusion of IENs in the workforce, the definition of scope of nursing practice and the differing expectations about quality nursing care.

Some of the comments included:

    • "Policy makers and health leaders need to consult nurses, patients and family members, not just doctors and bureaucrats when contemplating making changes to the health care system."

    • “There needs to be more nursing leadership at every table “

    • “Nurses need to be able to practice at their full scope. This includes all nurses, from Nurse Practitioners who can’t bill for their services to LPNs who are limited by employer practices.”

    • “We need to find ways to encourage nurses to stay in the public system. This requires flexibility to meet individual needs and circumstances.”

    • “Offer Loan forgiveness, return of service agreements, bonuses for retention “

    • “More positive messaging for nurses including messaging by our leaders.  The negative rhetoric that is constant damages the profession more than issues identified in this survey”

    • “The gap between LPN and BN wages. LPNs are doing the exact same job description in 90% of settings and getting paid way less and it’s tremendously frustrating “

    • “Administration and managers of nursing employers actually listen to their nurses and not make them feel that they are the problem of the current health care system.”

    • “The costs of being a nurse are crazy with College, Union and ARNM. With the rising economic costs, I think more nurses will not continue to be ARNM members to save money. “

    • “I am unsatisfied because the organization is not moving actively forward to support their membership in these trying times.”

Next steps/Further Information

ARNM is using the results and comments within the member survey to continue to improve the way we support you, as well as further and advance our advocacy work.

A video presentation of the 2022 Member Survey by ARNM Executive Director, Joyce Kristjansson can be found here:   

Questions can be directed to and a staff member will reply within one working day.

Media inquiries can be directed to Kahla Evans at

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