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2022 CRANAplus Member Survey Results
In our 2022 Member Survey, we received responses from Members with varying specialties, employment patterns, experience levels and places to call home – yet a handful of common themes emerged that will guide our activities in 2023.
One of the most striking characteristics of our 2022 Member Survey is the diversity of the nurses, midwives, and nurse practitioners that make up the bulk of our membership.
There are interesting trends to unpack – such as the experience of new staff compared to experienced staff, or the level of support permanent/contracted staff receive compared to agency. However, across the survey, certain messages came through loud and clear for everyone.
What needs to change
31% of respondents are considering leaving remote work in the next two years. Some simply want to retire or work closer to home, yet many want to leave due to work conditions.
Many of you told us there’s not enough staff to manage the workload. You’re stretched and working exceptionally long hours, plus on-call. In some workplaces, there’s only enough staff to handle acute needs, resulting in less attention on PHC.
In this environment, many of you are struggling to take leave when you need it – sometimes due to unsupportive management, other times because you feel duty-bound to stay. All of this taken together is sometimes resulting in burn-out and a lack of work-life balance.
These issues are, sadly, nothing new, but your feedback, and the emergence of this theme across many of your responses, again affirms the need for systemic change. We will continue to advocate for this.
7% of respondents don’t work remotely but plan to. That two thirds of these respondents are managing their own transition suggests the Government needs to invest in programs, like CRANAplus’ Remote Area Nursing Pathway Program, that provide a managed, affordable, confidence- and skills-building transition.
Safety concerns remain a concerning trend. Within the last 12 months, 8% of respondents have been expected to attend call-outs on their own. 16% have experienced a safety and security incident in their accommodation; 21% concerns for the safety of their personal property; and 24% a safety and security incident while carrying out their role. Only 53% say their workplace has ‘comprehensive’ or ‘some’ safety and security policies that are followed. You can read more about what we’re doing in the safety space here.
Why we love remote health work
A love of remote health practice shone through in your responses, and this of course includes the responses of those who have considered leaving. So, why do we love remote health practice? What motivates us to head remote in the first place, and to stay?
More than two thirds of respondents work remotely because it enables them to make a difference to communities. 63% do it for professional extension and satisfaction, 48% for personal or lifestyle benefits, and 32% for financial benefits.
You also told us that you love remote work for these reasons:
Love of the outback:
“I just love being in the outback!”
“Married to a local!”
“Country girl born and bred.”
“The ability to choose locations and contracts.”
“Variety of presentations – not just one ward.”
Using your feedback
We have also received feedback on topics including your favourite membership benefits, the issues we ought to advocate for, the CRANAplus services you use, additional services we could offer, and what you read in the magazine.
CRANAplus Member Terry has won the $200 gift voucher for her participation. Congratulations Terry!
Feedback gathered in the annual Member Survey allows us to ground our services and advocacy in your needs as a remote health professional. We extend a warm thank you to those who were able to participate.
If you couldn’t this year, we understand. This opportunity comes around annually, and you can always reach out with feedback or to share your experience at any time – via email@example.com or through a structured channel, such as our clinician roundtables.
When asked whether you were likely to renew your CRANAplus Membership, many of you told us that you would renew because you wanted to stand with your colleagues and CRANAplus. You told us you wanted to “support CRANAplus and the remote workforce”, “support a professional organisation that provides positive outcomes and realistic support for all remote workers” and “support the organisation that supports my profession”.
It is thanks to your ongoing support, and your valuable feedback, that we can continue to represent and support you. We proceed into 2023 with a deep sense of commitment to our Members – and we thank you for your commitment to us, which makes it all possible.
Not a CRANAplus Member, but interested in joining? You can learn more about our Membership options and benefits at CRANAplus Membership.