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The Experience of Palliative Care Nurses in Qatar During the Time of COVID-19: A Qualitative Study

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submitted on 2024-07-09, 04:48 and posted on 2024-07-09, 04:48 authored by Jessie JOHNSON, Asma AL BULUSHI, Zeinab IDRIS, Ziad Abu ESSA, Azza HASSAN

Background

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a source of significant confusion and fear for healthcare workers as they try to maintain some sense of normalcy within their daily practices. One of the many areas affected by this pandemic has been palliative care. Palliative care nurses were thrust into a world of chaos as they faced increasing numbers of patients who were in the process of dying.

Purpose

The aim of this research was to explore the caring experiences of palliative care nurses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Methods

A qualitative interpretive description design was used to explore the experience of nurses caring for dying patients in a palliative care unit during the COVID-19 pandemic. Twenty-two nurses working in a palliative care unit participated in this study. Data were collected during 1.5- to 2-hour focus group sessions that were guided by open-ended questions.

Results

The collected data were analyzed and coded into themes, including (a) transitioning to the new normal, (b) ethical dilemmas, and (c) collaboration and support for fellow colleagues.

Conclusions

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has not yet ended, this study provides relevant implications for practice. These implications include (a) holding continuing education sessions to help nurses better understand the meaning of pandemic conditions and how best to respond and (b) supporting nurses to better cope with the additional burdens faced because of increased patient loads. Overall, the nurses in this study were shown to have demonstrated reliance and resilience in the face of COVID-19.

Other Information

Published in: Journal of Nursing Research
License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
See article on publisher's website: https://dx.doi.org/10.1097/jnr.0000000000000534

History

Language

  • English

Publisher

Wolters Kluwer

Publication Year

  • 2023

License statement

This Item is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Institution affiliated with

  • University of Calgary in Qatar
  • Faculty of Nursing - UCQ
  • Hamad Medical Corporation
  • Heart Hospital - HMC
  • National Center for Cancer Care and Research - HMC

Methodology

A qualitative interpretive description design was used to explore the experience of nurses caring for dying patients in a palliative care unit during the COVID-19 pandemic. Twenty-two nurses working in a palliative care unit participated in this study. Data were collected during 1.5- to 2-hour focus group sessions that were guided by open-ended questions.

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Qatar

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