15 Nov [Queen’s University Survey] Examining Registered Nurses’ level of compassion: What is the influence of their practice environment?

Calling all practicing Registered Nurses across Ontario:

  • Does your workplace environment affect the care you give?
  • Do you believe that changes are necessary?

Your experience matters and the following Queen’s University research team: Jacqueline Galica, School of Nursing, Queen’s University (Principal Investigator), Erna Snelgrove-Clarke (Co-Investigator), Denise Neumann-Fuhr (Co-Investigator), Jennifer Waite (Co-Investigator), and Queen’s University Faculty of Health Sciences (Sponsor/Funder), wants to hear what you have to say!

This short e-survey is a chance for you to have your opinion heard anonymously: https://tinyurl.com/wzdfd42z.

For more details, you can email jacqueline.galica@queensu.ca.


Practicing Registered Nurses across Ontario are invited to take part in a research study. The purpose of this study is to examine Registered Nurses’ level of compassion and whether their workplace influences their compassion levels. If you agree to take part, you will be asked to complete an anonymous on-line survey that should take about 10 minutes to complete.

Participation is voluntary. You don’t have to answer any questions you don’t want to. You can stop participating at any time without penalty, but your data cannot be withdrawn after you submit your responses on the anonymous survey. You will not be paid for taking part in this study. If you would like, you can provide your email address at the end of the survey to be entered into draw for a $250 pre-paid Visa card. Email addresses will not be linked to study data. The email database will be destroyed as soon as the gift card is received by the intended participant.

Study data will be stored in an encrypted file on Queen’s University servers. Your responses to the survey questions will be linked to a study ID that the research team will assign as surveys are completed. Your anonymous survey data will be stored securely for 25 years, after which time the data files will be destroyed. In addition to the Principal Investigator and study team, a statistician, who has signed a Confidentiality Agreement may have access to the anonymous data. The Queen’s University Health Sciences and Affiliated Teaching Hospitals Research Ethics Board (HSREB) may require access to your study-related records to monitor the ethical conduct of the research.

There are no direct benefits to you as a participant. Some survey questions may prompt you to reflect on the care that you provide and/or your work environment. These reflections may cause some discomfort. Study results will help add to the body of literature about Registered Nurses’ compassion. The research team plans to publish the results of this study in academic journals and present them at conferences.

For ethics concerns please contact the Queen’s University Health Sciences and Affiliated Teaching Hospitals Research Ethics Board (HSREB) at 1-844-535-2988 (Toll free in North America) or hsreb@queensu.ca. If you have any questions about the research, please contact Jacqueline Galica at jacqueline.galica@queensu.ca or 613-533-6000 ext. 79569.

This Letter of Information is intended to provide you with the details to help you make an informed choice. All your questions should be answered to your satisfaction before you decide whether or not to participate in this research study. You have not waived any legal rights by consenting to participate in this study. This study has been reviewed for ethical compliance by the Queen’s University Health Sciences and Affiliated Teaching Hospitals Research Ethics Board.

For more information and survey link, please visit here.

If you have any questions, you can email jacqueline.galica@queensu.ca.