The Communication Challenges and Strength of Nurses’ Intensive Corona Care during the Two First Pandemic Waves: A Qualitative Descriptive Phenomenology Study

Gizell Green, Cochava Sharon, Yulia Gendler

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Abstract

Intensive care nurses working with patients with severe COVID-19 illness are at the center and frontline of the dynamic pandemic, which poses communication challenges and demands of unusual strength on their part. The study aim was to capture the lived experience of intensive care COVID nurses’ communication challenges and strengths as they cared for COVID-19 intensive care patients during the two first pandemic waves. The study used qualitative descriptive-phenomenology research designs. Twenty-two nurses were selected using snowball sampling, and online interviews were conducted with them. Data were recorded and transcribed, then reflexively double-coded for increased rigor. Four major themes emerged from the data. The first two expressed the communication challenges and difficulties communicating with patients due to the extreme protection needed and/or their medical condition. However, the other two themes expressed the nurses’ strengths—sharing feelings with other caregivers and family. Accordingly, we recommend using simple language and ensuring patient comprehension, as well as creating an optimistic environment for fostering caregiver bonding.

Original languageEnglish
Article number837
JournalHealthcare (Switzerland)
Volume10
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2022

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • communication
  • intensive care
  • nurses
  • patients

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