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Nurses' Feelings Towards Their Work Are Becoming More Crippling

An emotional survey conducted in August showed that in the context of their work, more and more SuPer members are experiencing feelings with stagnating behavioral consequences.

Of the negative emotions about one's own work, disappointment (26%), fear (8%) and sadness (7%) were expressed the most. Of the positive emotions, satisfaction (11%), interest (7%) and compassion (6%) stood out the most.

The situation has worsened: In May-June, about 44 percent of SuPer members experienced feelings towards their own work that lead to disengagement and giving up. In August, the corresponding proportion was 48 percent. The trend is worrying because long-term emotional strain is a risk for caregivers to stay in the field.

In the August survey, carers' behavioral patterns in relation to their own work are distributed as follows (figures in May-June in parenthesis):

- Loyals 29% (34%)

- Passives 15% (14%)

- Leavers 48% (44%)

- Adversaries 8% (8%)

The survey also examined nurses' feelings about the corona epidemic. The dominant emotion was fear experienced by 42 percent of respondents. The next most chosen emotions were sadness, anger, disappointment, and disgust. The results indicate that the threat continues. Caregivers are not yet experiencing relief from the coronavirus epidemic.

In August, more than 500 SuPer members responded to a survey conducted in cooperation with NayaDaya Inc.

Further Information:

Timo Järvinen, CEO, NayaDaya Inc., tel. +358 40 505 7745,

The Finnish Union of Practical Nurses SuPer is the largest trade union in Finland for social services and health care professionals. SuPer is a strong and brave advocate of its 90,000 members, a developer of the profession and training as well as a social influencer that also participates in international activities. Further information:

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