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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 55-60

The psychological experience of Chinese nurses in support of COVID-19 frontline: A qualitative study

1 School of Nursing, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou, Gansu, China
2 School of Nursing, Lanzhou University; Department of Liver Diseases Branch, Lanzhou, Gansu, China
3 School of Nursing, Lanzhou University; Department of EICU, Lanzhou, Gansu, China
4 Institute of Medical Psychology, Basic Medical College, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou, Gansu, China

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Xin-Man Dou
Department of Nursing, Lanzhou University Second Hospital, No. 82, Cuiyingmen, Lanzhou 730030, Gansu
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jin.jin_24_20

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Objective: The objective of the study is to explore the real psychological experience of the frontline support nurses in fight against COVID-19, so as to provide a reference basis for targeted intervention and ensure the mental health of the frontline support nurses. Methods: The objective sampling method was used to conduct semi-structured interviews with 9 frontline support nurses fighting COVID-19, and the interview contents were analyzed using Colaizzi's 7-step method. Results: The psychological experience of frontline support nurses in fight against COVID-19 can be summarized into four themes: The coexistence of negative psychological experience and positive psychological experience (tension, anxiety, fear, and depression); psychological pressure; many factors that affect the negative psychological experience (the stimulation of the external environment, the care of family members, the guidance of network public opinion); and solid support system (good family support and rich social support). Conclusion: Although frontline support nurses have negative emotions and bear great psychological pressure, they all have a high sense of professional responsibility. Therefore, managers should pay attention to their psychological experience and provide targeted assistance to them.

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