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National Nurse Stress Survey

Trauma and stress don’t end when the shift does.

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Occupational Stress Injury Survey
Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment
Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions

The first anonymous Canada-wide assessment of Occupational Stress Injuries (including PTSD) amongst nurses.


All nurses, regardless of  your mental health status.  Your responses will help everyone in need!

The survey link is now available below and will ask you to reflect on your own mental health, which may be challenging at times, but will add your anonymous voice to those of your peers across the country. The more of you who participate, with or without mental health problems, the more weight your collective voice will have in fostering better mental health for all Canadian nurses.


Numbers matter. We currently don’t have reliable data.  Your participation will provide evidence for strategies and resources to support the mental health of all nurses. Change starts here! Please share this survey to all nurses within your network. Even if you feel some questions do not apply specifically to you, we ask that as you complete the survey you remember not to question your eligibility when reading questions that appear designed for individuals in different roles. By participating, you are supporting both yourself and your peers to provide evidence that can inform appropriate resources for supporting nurses’ mental health.


A mental health research team who recognize nurses can suffer from occupational stress injuries (OSIs) that are too often hidden. With the support of the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions, and your provincial unions, we have designed this survey to provide you with a voice in the first anonymous Canada-wide assessment of OSIs in nurses. To-date, there has been no national standardized survey data available on the prevalence of occupational stress injuries (including PTSD, depression, and anxiety) amongst nurses. Nor has there been any national attempt to identify risk factors to help inform programs needed to prevent and respond to injuries. The argument has been made that nurses should be included along the public safety continuum (e.g. includes paramedics, firefighters, police) who attend a potentially traumatic event.  Workplace violence, stress, and burnout are widespread features of health care workplaces across Canada, resulting in cumulative trauma. A 2015 Manitoba Nurses Union report found that a quarter of its members consistently experience PTSD symptoms; 53% have experienced critical incident stress. These high prevalence rates are in line with those associated with public safety personnel, and much higher than the lifetime prevalence for the general Canadian population (9.2%). In addition, PTSD prevalence rates for women are also double that for men, and 90% of nurses are female.


If you have any questions along the way, please feel free contact the Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment (CIPSRT) research team at or by telephone at 306-337-2473 (out of town participants may call collect), or if required the Research Ethics Board by email at


For more information on the survey, and to participate, click the Participate Now button below.

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