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Jessica Rong MSN, RN, CCRN-K

PhD in Nursing Ethics

Abstract

Title: The Lived Experience of Intensive Care Unit Nurses During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Mini-Phenomenology

Purpose: The purpose of this study is to understand the experiences of ICU nurses working at the bedside during the COVID-19 pandemic that provided care.

Research Questions: The research question for this study is, what was the lived experience of the ICU nurse working at the bedside during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Background: There is a gap in the literature regarding the experience of the ICU nurse providing care during the pandemic. Many nurses are leaving the bedside now and more must be understood about what transpired during the COVID-19 pandemic for the bedside ICU nurse.

Methods: This was a descriptive phenomenological mini study. The participants were three women with ages ranging from 25-44 years old. Data was collected in one individual interview with each of the participants via recorded Zoom meeting. Data was analyzed using Giorgi’s (1997) five basic steps.

Results: Initial data resulted in six break in codes; anger, lack of PPE, poor patient care, sadness, safe environment and unsupported. The data was then further analyzed into 4 organized nursing codes of grief and sadness, lack of organizational support, patient care delivery and safe work environment.

Conclusions and Implications: Initial data warrants further study. Further research could better understand if initial data correlates to a broader nursing population. This research could have implications to the general well-being of ICU nurses after caring for patients during the COVID-19 pandemic and potentially why they are leaving the bedside.

Key Words: Intensive Care Unit, ICU, Nurse, COVID-19, Pandemic, Phenomenology, Mini-study

School

School of Nursing; McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts

Advisor

Rick Zoucha, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, CTN-A, FAAN

Submission Type

Paper

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The Lived Experience of Intensive Care Unit Nurses During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Title: The Lived Experience of Intensive Care Unit Nurses During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Mini-Phenomenology

Purpose: The purpose of this study is to understand the experiences of ICU nurses working at the bedside during the COVID-19 pandemic that provided care.

Research Questions: The research question for this study is, what was the lived experience of the ICU nurse working at the bedside during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Background: There is a gap in the literature regarding the experience of the ICU nurse providing care during the pandemic. Many nurses are leaving the bedside now and more must be understood about what transpired during the COVID-19 pandemic for the bedside ICU nurse.

Methods: This was a descriptive phenomenological mini study. The participants were three women with ages ranging from 25-44 years old. Data was collected in one individual interview with each of the participants via recorded Zoom meeting. Data was analyzed using Giorgi’s (1997) five basic steps.

Results: Initial data resulted in six break in codes; anger, lack of PPE, poor patient care, sadness, safe environment and unsupported. The data was then further analyzed into 4 organized nursing codes of grief and sadness, lack of organizational support, patient care delivery and safe work environment.

Conclusions and Implications: Initial data warrants further study. Further research could better understand if initial data correlates to a broader nursing population. This research could have implications to the general well-being of ICU nurses after caring for patients during the COVID-19 pandemic and potentially why they are leaving the bedside.

Key Words: Intensive Care Unit, ICU, Nurse, COVID-19, Pandemic, Phenomenology, Mini-study