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One-third of nurses intend to leave their job because of the COVID-19 pandemic
  1. Pamela B de Cordova1,
  2. Laura Reilly2
  1. 1 Rutgers School of Nursing, Newark, New Jersey, USA
  2. 2 Division of Nursing Science, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, Piscataway, New Jersey, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Pamela B de Cordova, Rutgers School of Nursing, Newark, New Jersey, USA; pd306{at}

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Commentary on: Ulupınar F, Erden Y. Intention to leave among nurses during the COVID-19 outbreak: A rapid systematic review and Meta-Analysis. J Clin Nurs. 2022 Nov 27. doi: 10.1111/jocn.16588. Epub ahead of print.

Implications for practice and research

  • During COVID-19, nurses experienced stress, anxiety and fear. Psychological support will help retain staff.

  • Further longitudinal studies on the long-term psychological impacts of the pandemic are needed.


The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on nurses was unprecedented with high volumes of critically ill patients. This strain on direct care nurses included an increased workload, long hours, separation from family, potential exposure and patient death.1 These factors impacted nurses’ psychological well-being and led to increased reports of nurses intending to leave their jobs. This rapid systematic review and meta-analysis aimed to synthesise the literature of rate of nurses’ intent to leave their job from the psychological impact during COVID-19.2


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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.