Nurses’ Feelings and Perspectives of the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Qualitative Study in a Developing Country

Authors

  • Restuning Widiasih Department of Maternity Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, Universitas Padjadjaran, Bandung, Indonesia
  • Ermiati Ermiati Department of Maternity Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, Universitas Padjadjaran, Bandung, Indonesia https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1997-2788
  • Etika Emaliyawati Department of Critical Care Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, Universitas Padjadjaran, Bandung, Indonesia https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9123-4843
  • Sri Hendrawati Department of Pediatric Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, Universitas Padjadjaran, Bandung, Indonesia https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1307-3519
  • Raini Diah Susanti Department of Community Health Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, Universitas Padjadjaran, Bandung, Indonesia https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1660-6977
  • Titin Sutini Department of Maternity Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, Universitas Padjadjaran, Bandung, Indonesia
  • Citra Windani Mambang Sari Department of Community Health Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, Universitas Padjadjaran, Bandung, Indonesia https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1002-8328
  • Murtiningsih Murtiningsih STIKES Jendral Achmad Yani, Cimahi, Indonesia

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3889/oamjms.2021.6592

Keywords:

Covid-19 pandemic, Experience, Nurses, Perspectives

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Nurses’ duties and responsibilities related to the risk of transmitting COVID-19. Studies that explore nurses’ feelings and perspectives in providing health services at COVID-19 referral hospitals, especially in developing countries like Indonesia, are limited.

AIM: This study aims to explore nurses’ feelings, perceptions, and expectations of the COVID-19 pandemic.

METHODS: This qualitative study applied the qualitative descriptive design that involved 17 nurses from different hospitals in Indonesia. The semi-structured interview gathered their views of COVID-19, and the comparative analysis for interviews technique was chosen to analyze the data.

RESULTS: Three themes emerged from the data analysis. The themes were nurses’ express psychological responses in facing the COVID-19 pandemic such as fear, surrender, panic, and calmness. Other two themes included the COVID 19 pandemic enhances nurses’ health awareness and behavior, and the government protect nurses from the COVID-19 transmission and social stigma.

CONCLUSION: The feelings reported dominantly by the nurse, in addition to information about health awareness, behavior, the government’s actions, and their expectations. Mental health assistance would be useful to prevent depression in nurses, and the government’s comprehensive approaches in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic would increase the protection and productivity of health workers, including nurses.

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2021-09-05

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Widiasih R, Ermiati E, Emaliyawati E, Hendrawati S, Susanti RD, Sutini T, Sari CWM, Murtiningsih M. Nurses’ Feelings and Perspectives of the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Qualitative Study in a Developing Country. Open Access Maced J Med Sci [Internet]. 2021 Sep. 5 [cited 2021 Oct. 19];9(G):71-80. Available from: https://oamjms.eu/index.php/mjms/article/view/6592

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