Covid-19 Surveys

Large groups of nurses inside hospital hold signs "Staff Up for Safe Care"

April 2022: National nurse survey reveals significant increases in unsafe staffing, workplace violence, and moral distress

In NNU's seventh national survey of nurses during the pandemic, RNs reported that their hospitals are still not adequately prepared for a Covid-19 surge.

Nurse holding signs "Protect Nurses, Patients, Public Health"

September 2021: National nurse survey reveals that health care employers need to do more to comply with OSHA emergency temporary standard

Following the results of a sixth Covid preparedness survey, National Nurses United called on OSHA to do robust enforcement during the pandemic.

Nurses holding signs along street "Protect Nurses, Patients, Public Health"

March 2021: National RN survey highlights continued hospital failures to prioritize nurse and patient safety during pandemic

Results of NNU's fifth Covid survey showed that at the pandemic’s one-year mark, employers were still failing to provide safe staffing, optimal PPE, and testing.

More Past Surveys

Nurses along road hold signs "Save Lives: Protect Nurses"

November 2020: National nurse survey exposes hospitals’ knowing failure to prepare for a Covid-19 surge during flu season

11 months into the pandemic and entering cold and flu season, nurses said there were no excuses for the continued lack of PPE, testing, and workplace protections, according to NNU’s fourth surve

NNU Executive Director Bonnie Castillo, RN, at press conference

July 2020: National nurse survey reveals devastating impact of reopening too soon

As many states moved to reopen, NNU's third survey of the pandemic revealed that health care workplace conditions remained dangerous and nurses were afraid of infecting their families with Covid-19.

May 2020: New survey of nurses provides frontline proof of widespread employer, government disregard for nurse and patient safety, mainly through lack of optimal PPE

In NNU's second Covid-19 survey, nurses reported extremely high rates of PPE reuse — putting nurses and patients at risk — while Congress and President Trump continued to resist its mass production.

March 2020: Survey of nation’s frontline registered nurses shows hospitals unprepared for Covid-19

The first nationwide survey of registered nurses that National Nurses United conducted, revealed that the vast majority of United States hospitals and health care facilities were unprepared to handle and contain cases of Covid-19.