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Workplace mental health, leave of absence and return to work experiences in nursing

Tuesday, March 23, 2021, 12 to 1 pm ET

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The Healthy Professional Worker Partnership examines the gendered nature of mental health, leaves of absences, and return to work experience throughout seven professions, including nursing. Nurses face significant mental health issues from high rates of work-related stress, anxiety, depression, burnout, and PTSD. Several work-related factors all contribute to making nursing a demanding, stressful, and difficult profession.

The objectives of this presentations are to:

  • Better understand the mental health experiences of nurses
  • Identify the personal, familial, work, and organizational factors that influence their decisions to contemplate or take a leave of absence from work
  • Identify factors that affect healthy return to work that can inform promising interventions

Presented by:

Ivy Lynn Bourgeault, PhD
Professor, School of Sociological and Anthropological Studies
University of Ottawa

Ivy Lynn Bourgeault is a Professor at the School of Sociological and Anthropological Studies at the University of Ottawa and the University Research Chair in Gender, Diversity, and the Professions. She leads the Canadian Health Workforce Network and the Empowering Women Leaders in Health initiative. Dr. Bourgeault has garnered an international reputation for her research on the health workforce, particularly from a gender lens.


Shamel Rolle Sands, RN, MSN, (Ed), CM
Research Assistant, University of Alberta

Shamel Rolle Sands is a Bahamian registered nurse, nurse educator and certified manager. She is a doctoral student at the Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta. Shamel's doctoral work will examine the influence of individual factors, contextual factors, and well-being on Bahamian nurses’ turnover intentions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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