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Nursing as a Sustainability Factor of the Health System during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Qualitative Study

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Nursing Department, University of Huelva, 21071 Huelva, Spain
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Nursing Department, University of Granada, 18071 Granada, Spain
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Sustainability 2020, 12(19), 8099; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12198099
Received: 22 July 2020 / Revised: 14 September 2020 / Accepted: 16 September 2020 / Published: 1 October 2020
Earlier this year, Spain took center stage in the emerging health crisis due to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. On 14 March 2020, a state of alarm was declared to manage this health crisis. The contribution of nursing professionals to sustainability of the system during this health crisis has been vital, not only in specialized care but, in a more understated way, in primary care. The objective of the present study was to describe the perceptions and lived experiences of primary care nurses during the COVID-19 health emergency. A qualitative study taking a phenomenological approach was carried out, triangulating data collected through non-participant observations, eight in-depth interviews, and two discussion groups with community nurses and case managers. A total sample of 20 key informants was obtained during the month of May, 2020. The key informants expressed strong positive perceptions of the recognition received from service users and satisfaction when acknowledging that they have been an important source of emotional support. Informants identify the importance of their work in sustaining the system, particularly outlining team cohesion and communication, whilst also evaluating the empowering position in which service users and society itself has put them. View Full-Text
Keywords: nursing identity; Covid-19; health system; sustainability; pandemic nursing identity; Covid-19; health system; sustainability; pandemic
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Rojas-Ocaña, M.J.; Araujo-Hernández, M.; Romero-Castillo, R.; Román-Mata, S.S.; García-Navarro, E.B. Nursing as a Sustainability Factor of the Health System during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Qualitative Study. Sustainability 2020, 12, 8099. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12198099

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Rojas-Ocaña MJ, Araujo-Hernández M, Romero-Castillo R, Román-Mata SS, García-Navarro EB. Nursing as a Sustainability Factor of the Health System during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Qualitative Study. Sustainability. 2020; 12(19):8099. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12198099

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Rojas-Ocaña, María J., Miriam Araujo-Hernández, Rocío Romero-Castillo, Silvia S. Román-Mata, and E. B. García-Navarro. 2020. "Nursing as a Sustainability Factor of the Health System during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Qualitative Study" Sustainability 12, no. 19: 8099. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12198099

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