The Global Frontline Nurses Campaign

Kathryn Lynn Trammel

September 30, 2022

Global Frontline Nurses

The Global Frontline Nurses campaign organized a news conference on Jan. 21 to address these issues. They are seeking nurses to attend and speak up about their experiences. The organization also hopes to generate media coverage that will inform the public about the nurses’ concerns. The event is sponsored by the Globe-News Service and will be streamed on the internet.


A recent study in Uganda found that frontline nurses in the country were at high risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a condition that can affect nurses. The study cited a lack of social support, a heavy workload, and fear of infections as significant risk factors. Therefore, it is recommended that nurses receive counseling and other forms of support to prevent PTSD.

The study surveyed 370 frontline nurses. Eighty-two percent were unable to participate due to time constraints or workload. Most were non-Emirati and had postgraduate degrees. Forty-six percent of the participants had worked in CCUs prior to the pandemic, and 164 (44%) had experienced a patient death in the CCU.

Staff shortages

Global frontline nurses are in short supply, posing an increasing threat to patient safety. The shortage is causing hospitals to draft students and administrators to cover the gap. As a result, many hospitals are reporting unprecedented vacancies in nursing positions. In the state of Mississippi alone, for example, there are nearly 470 vacant nursing positions out of approximately 3,800.

In addition to immediate risks for workers, the shortage also jeopardizes efforts to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) pledged by the international community in 2015. As a result, both countries are training more health professionals than is needed, and many of them will go abroad to work.

Bullying-Global Frontline Nurses

Bullying is a serious problem that negatively affects employee morale and organizational culture. However, few studies have investigated the relationship between bullying and organizational culture. The present study uses a partial least squares structural equation model to explore the relationship between bullying and organizational culture. This study shows that the effects of bullying on organizational culture are moderate to high.

Nurses are “bear witnesses” of the mistreatment of other nurses. In one survey, more than half of respondents described behaviors ranging from hostility to a lack of respect. They also described how they perceived coworkers as hostile, with many claiming that they had no power to change the situation.

Mental health

Mental health among global frontline nurses is an important issue. Nurses are uniquely positioned to help alleviate and exacerbate adverse working conditions, yet the current international response to this issue appears to be woefully inadequate. Failure to address nurses’ psychological health needs increases the threat of a ‘ticking time bomb’ – which could lead to increased professional attrition.

This study sought to understand how mental health affects nurses in an outbreak. The authors included nurses who were caring for patients but excluded those with previous mental disorders.

Sensemaking-Global Frontline Nurses

Sensemaking is a social construct that involves the process of interpreting the world around us and determining what to do in the face of an uncertain situation. Nurses are an important part of the health workforce but face many challenges. This pandemic poses new stressors and vulnerabilities that strain their well-being. We examined data from the pandemic to understand how nurses manage these new challenges. The data were analyzed using the theoretical framework of sensemaking and its related concept of liminality.

Sensemaking is a central activity in organizations and is crucial in facilitating effective responses to complex situations. It involves translating collective experiences into words that give meaning and inspire action. It fills important gaps in organizational theory and is an essential process that shapes human behavior. Sensemaking is the primary site at which meanings materialize, shape identity, and constrain action.