During the COVID-19 pandemic, community health nurses witnessed greater health inequities with people in situations of marginalization. The Community Health Nurses of Canada (CHNC) Leadership Standing Committee, in collaboration with the National Collaborating Centre for the Determinants of Health and Brandon University, conducted a national survey to explore how health inequities among client populations contribute to the level of moral distress experienced by community health nurses during the pandemic. A total of 245 participants, from 7 provinces, completed the survey and the responses revealed a high level of moral distress amongst community health nurses. This presentation will discuss the constraints, health inequities, moral conflicts, and compounding factors that contributed to moral distress and will highlight potential solutions.
Catherine Baxter RN PhD
Catherine has worked in nursing education for over twenty years in teaching and administrative positions. She is currently an assistant professor at Brandon University and a member of the steering committee for the Community Health Nurses of Manitoba. Her current research interests include rural nursing and workforce migration.
Claire Betker RN PhD
National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health
Claire’s career began in southwestern Manitoba at a rural single-nurse public health office. She has worked in public health, home care, and primary health care in a variety of positions at local, regional, provincial, and national levels.
Claire believes all nurses are leaders. It is through our collective voice and action that we effectively advocate for our profession, support the sustainability of the health system and create communities where all people have a fair opportunity to be healthy. Claire is scientific director for the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (NCCDH), hosted by St Francis Xavier University. Her focus there is on public health leadership to advance health equity across Canada.
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