Nursing Leadership

Nursing Leadership 34(2) June 2021 : 45-53.doi:10.12927/cjnl.2021.26530
Leadership Innovations

Supporting the Mental Health of Nurses through Digital Tools

Gillian Strudwick, Allison Crawford, Chantalle Clarkin, Iman Kassam and Sanjeev Sockalingam


Absenteeism rates among nurses have increased across Canada over the last several years, with work environment challenges and staffing shortages being possible contributors. With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, nurses have worked under increasingly stressful conditions. Unsurprisingly, many nurses are facing mental health challenges. Digital tools to support and enhance access to mental health services are one strategy to support the mental health of nurses. This paper outlines the digital tools and virtual programs available to support the mental health of nurses, recognizing that there is no single solution to address the mental health challenges faced by Canadian nurses during these difficult times.



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