Pride and Uncertainty: A Qualitative Study of Danish Nursing Staff in Temporary COVID-19 Wards

Kristoffer Maarsaa, Janni Mendahl,, Henriette Heilman,, Mette Husum, Dorthe Lippert, Niels Sandholm Larsen, Hanne Konradsen

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There is limited knowledge about the psychosocial stress
among the nursing staffworking on the COVID-19 wards.
This article reports on the experiences of frontline health
care workers as it was described to supervisors counseling
the nursing staff engaged in the response to the outbreak
of COVID-19. Frontline health care workers, nurses, and
nurses' aides experienced major work changes. Some
were transferred to the newly formed COVID-19 wards in
a large Danish hospital, were given new tasks, and had to
collaborate with new colleagues, while treating a new
deadly and contagious disease. This study aimed to
describe the reflections and experiences of the nursing staff
attending supervision sessions. The palliative unit offered
supervision from April 2020. A total of 9 supervision sessions
were held as part of this study, and 57 nursing staff
members participated in the sessions. The supervision was
available to employees until the first COVID wave subsided
in June 2020. During each session, supervisors took field
notes and wrote field memos. The topics raised by the
nursing staff during the supervision sessions ranged
between pride and uncertainty. Nursing staff in COVID-19
wardswere at risk of feeling an increasing burden, and there
was a need for ongoing managerial attention as well as
continuous visible presence and support.
TidsskriftJournal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing
Udgave nummer2
Sider (fra-til)140-144
Antal sider5
StatusUdgivet - 2021


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