Nurses’ perspectives on fundamental care for patients admitted with Covid-19: an interpretive description

Charlotte Sandau Bech, Dorthe Gaby Bove, Lea Baunegaard Hvidberg, Ingrid Poulsen

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Background: Patients with Covid-19 need specialized care focusing on the respiratory system; however, they also need fundamental nursing care. Therefore, we aimed to explore how nurses’ experienced caring regarding Fundamentals of Care (FoC) for patients admitted with Covid-19.
Methods: The study is qualitative and inspired by Interpretive Description. Data was collected through one focus group and fifteen individual interviews with pulmonary nurses.
Results: We identified three themes with seven subthemes. The three themes are: “To shine a light and lead the way through chaos“, “Feeling professionally paralyzed” and “Pioneering new pathways when building relationships”.
Conclusions: To reduce respiratory risks in Covid-19 fundamental care, a person-centered fundamental care approach incorporating essential oxygen-saving adjustments to the practical process was vital. Nurse leaders, being frontline role models, can potentially enhance FoC through work environment and thereby reduce patient risks.
Original languageEnglish
JournalKlinisk sygepleje
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)172-190
Number of pages29
Publication statusPublished - 2022

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