Exploratory Study of Nurses as Frontliners in Caring for COVID-19 Patients
The objective of this study was to explore actual experiences of nurses as frontliners in caring for COVID-19 patients in ICU and COVID-19 wards. The researchers use qualitative, open ended questionnaires. Twenty-four frontliners from Hospital in Klang Valley was participated in this study. All eligible registered nurses as medical frontliners were approached via by mobile communication. Informed consent was obtained from each participant prior to study. Interview completed until saturation of information. The exploratory finding from this research could be summarised into four themes. Firstly, psychology of frontliners towards caring of COVID 19 patients; secondly, coping capability; thirdly, maintaining well-being of frontliners and lastly, required interventions. The severity of the pandemic may have caused possible long-term psychological and physical trauma of the nurses in caring for the infected COVID-19 patients. These aforementioned conditions should not be neglected. Psychological health support must remain the priority for the foreseeable future should there is a reoccurrence of the same pandemic scenario. Government and hospitals must play their part in making sure that the psychological health of healthcare workers is at its best and optimal care being given.
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