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SMU history professor collecting stories of long-term care workers during COVID-19

Peter Twohig wants to speak with CUPE members who are licensed practical nurses, continuing care assistants, registered nurses and others involved in the sector
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A Saint Mary's University history professor is collecting the stories of how long-term care (LTC) workers in nursing homes are coping with COVID-19.

Peter Twohig wants to speak with CUPE members who are licensed practical nurses, continuing care assistants, registered nurses and others involved in the sector.

He said several studies are examining various aspects of this unusual time, but not many are focusing the unique experiences of front-line health care workers in long-term care.

"We know that the vast majority of these workers are women," he told NEWS 95.7's The Sheldon MacLeod Show. "Many of them come from racialized backgrounds or are recent immigrants."

"And I think, because of that, they look different than other kinds of health care providers in Canada, in Nova Scotia, and we should be telling their stories."

Twohig is hoping to interview 40 to 50 LTC workers and document their experiences, including their typical workday, interactions with co-workers and their background information.

"I'm interested in how people work with the policies, or work with the shortages that they are encountering, and still manage to get the work done," he explained. 

Those who want to take part in The Work Culture of Nursing Homes in Nova Scotia: A Qualitative Study can remain anonymous if they wish and names of any coworkers mentioned in interviews will be replaced by initials to protect their identities.

More information on the study and how to participate can be found online.




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