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Exploring Nurses’ Working Experiences during the First Wave of COVID-19 Outbreak

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Department of Nursing, School of Health and Care Sciences, University of West Attica, 12243 Athens, Greece
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Department of Nursing, School of Health Sciences, Hellenic Mediterranean University, 71410 Heraklion, Greece
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Department of Social Work, School of Health Sciences, Hellenic Mediterranean University, 71410 Heraklion, Greece
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Academic Editor: Pedram Sendi
Healthcare 2022, 10(8), 1406; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare10081406
Received: 5 June 2022 / Revised: 15 July 2022 / Accepted: 25 July 2022 / Published: 27 July 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Health and Social Care Policy)
During the COVID-19 outbreak, nurses employed in the clinical sector faced a number of difficulties associated with excessive workload, increased stress, and role ambiguity, which impacted nurses themselves and patient care. The aim of the present study was to investigate how Greek hospital nurses working in non-COVID units experienced the virus outbreak during the first wave of the pandemic. A descriptive qualitative research design was applied using a content analysis approach. To recruit the study participants a purposive sampling strategy was used. Ten nurses participated in the study. Data collection was conducted through semi-structured interviews. Content analysis revealed three themes namely, (a) emotional burden, (b) professional commitment, and (c) abrupt changes. Six subthemes were formulated and assimilated under each main theme respectively. Organizational changes, emotional burdens and feelings of fear and uncertainty, appeared to have a crucial effect on nurses and patient care. However, the professional commitment and the nurses’ effort to provide excellent nursing care remained high. Nurses demonstrated that despite the burdens caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, the pandemic era created opportunities for thoroughness and accuracy in nursing care. View Full-Text
Keywords: COVID-19; nursing care; nurses’ experiences; qualitative study COVID-19; nursing care; nurses’ experiences; qualitative study
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Stavropoulou, A.; Rovithis, M.; Sigala, E.; Moudatsou, M.; Fasoi, G.; Papageorgiou, D.; Koukouli, S. Exploring Nurses’ Working Experiences during the First Wave of COVID-19 Outbreak. Healthcare 2022, 10, 1406. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare10081406

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Stavropoulou A, Rovithis M, Sigala E, Moudatsou M, Fasoi G, Papageorgiou D, Koukouli S. Exploring Nurses’ Working Experiences during the First Wave of COVID-19 Outbreak. Healthcare. 2022; 10(8):1406. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare10081406

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Stavropoulou, Areti, Michael Rovithis, Evangelia Sigala, Maria Moudatsou, Georgia Fasoi, Dimitris Papageorgiou, and Sofia Koukouli. 2022. "Exploring Nurses’ Working Experiences during the First Wave of COVID-19 Outbreak" Healthcare 10, no. 8: 1406. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare10081406

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