Nurses and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Slides with audio by Alyssa Smith

Alyssa invites viewers of her slides to watch this informative video on US nurses first.

At the beginning of 2020, the coronavirus pandemic hit the United States. While many people at this time began working from home and sheltering in place, nurses were forced to put in longer hours and constantly put themselves in danger on the frontlines, treating and caring for victims of the COVID-19 disease. This proved to be a taxing experience, as the pandemic greatly changed the methods of and regulations around hospitals, their staff, and their patients. This project works to answer the question, “How has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted nurses?”

In my research, data from scholarly journals, a news website, and an original survey is used and analyzed. The two scholarly journals used come from the Lancet Public Health and International Journal of Emergency Medicine. The news article, which provides firsthand stories from nurses, is sourced from the Fox10 Phoenix website. The original survey was created using SurveyMonkey and was sent out to local Indiana nurses to respond to. The survey had 12 respondents, and the statistical data collected from it is interwoven into the PowerPoint presentation to corroborate the data from the scholarly articles. Lastly, there is also a YouTube video included from UW Medicine that does a great job of showing the reality of working in the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit and caring for its patients.

This project is important because it provides both a local and international view on the issue of nurses’ mental and physical health. The data from the original survey gives information regarding Indiana nurses, and the data drawn from online sources gives an international perspective on the issue. Considering both of these aspects, the project provides a thorough understanding of the problems that nurses have faced as a result of fighting the coronavirus pandemic. The hope of this project is that it will point out the hard work that nurses are doing and allow them to gain recognition and respect from the general public. Hopefully, people viewing this project will leave with a deep understanding of nurses and their work, and subsequently be able to better empathize and care for the nurses in their life.

References

Associated Press. “The Home FRONT: Stories from Nurses in the Fight against COVID-19,” August 17,

2020. https://www.fox10phoenix.com/news/the-home-front-stories-from-nurses-in-the-fight-against-covid-19.

“Life of a COVID-19 Nurse at Harborview’s ICU.” YouTube Video, 5:43. “UW Medicine.” May 22, 2020. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBoaCHKJKd8.

Nguyen, Long, David Drew, Mark Graham, and et al. “Risk of COVID-19 among Front-Line Health-Care Workers and the General Community: a Prospective Cohort Study.” Lancet Public Health 5, no. 9 (July 31, 2020): 475–83. https://doi.org/https://www.thelancet.com/action/showPdf?pii=S2468-2667%2820%2930164-X.

Shaukat, Natasha, Daniyal Mansoor Ali, and Junaid Razzak. “Physical and Mental Health Impacts of COVID-19 on Healthcare Workers: a Scoping Review.” International Journal of Emergency Medicine 13, no. 1 (July 20, 2020). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12245-020-00299-5.

Original Survey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/W5R2ZRS

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