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The Communication Challenges and Strength of Nurses’ Intensive Corona Care during the Two First Pandemic Waves: A Qualitative Descriptive Phenomenology Study

Nursing Department, Ariel University, Ariel 40700, Israel
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Academic Editor: Ilaria Baiardini
Healthcare 2022, 10(5), 837; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare10050837
Received: 2 April 2022 / Revised: 26 April 2022 / Accepted: 28 April 2022 / Published: 2 May 2022
Intensive care nurses working with patients with severe COVID-19 illness are at the center and frontline of the dynamic pandemic, which poses communication challenges and demands of unusual strength on their part. The study aim was to capture the lived experience of intensive care COVID nurses’ communication challenges and strengths as they cared for COVID-19 intensive care patients during the two first pandemic waves. The study used qualitative descriptive-phenomenology research designs. Twenty-two nurses were selected using snowball sampling, and online interviews were conducted with them. Data were recorded and transcribed, then reflexively double-coded for increased rigor. Four major themes emerged from the data. The first two expressed the communication challenges and difficulties communicating with patients due to the extreme protection needed and/or their medical condition. However, the other two themes expressed the nurses’ strengths—sharing feelings with other caregivers and family. Accordingly, we recommend using simple language and ensuring patient comprehension, as well as creating an optimistic environment for fostering caregiver bonding. View Full-Text
Keywords: intensive care; nurses; communication; COVID-19; patients intensive care; nurses; communication; COVID-19; patients
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Green, G.; Sharon, C.; Gendler, Y. The Communication Challenges and Strength of Nurses’ Intensive Corona Care during the Two First Pandemic Waves: A Qualitative Descriptive Phenomenology Study. Healthcare 2022, 10, 837. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare10050837

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Green G, Sharon C, Gendler Y. The Communication Challenges and Strength of Nurses’ Intensive Corona Care during the Two First Pandemic Waves: A Qualitative Descriptive Phenomenology Study. Healthcare. 2022; 10(5):837. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare10050837

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Green, Gizell, Cochava Sharon, and Yulia Gendler. 2022. "The Communication Challenges and Strength of Nurses’ Intensive Corona Care during the Two First Pandemic Waves: A Qualitative Descriptive Phenomenology Study" Healthcare 10, no. 5: 837. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare10050837

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