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Gender & Behaviour ; 20(3):19997-20003, 2022.
Article in English | ProQuest Central | ID: covidwho-20239881


The Coronavirus (COVID-19) disease is a global pandemic infectious disease caused by a novel coronavirus, which affects all age groups with a higher incidence in the geriatric population and people with chronic diseases. The outbreak of the virus is a serious public health challenge including to nurses at the various health care facilities around the world. The outbreak of the coronavirus has been a huge threat to nursing and nursing care globally. Nurses are experiencing a high level of daily emotional stress in their activities in preventing disease infections, promoting health, and saving lives. Many nurses have lost their lives to the deadly disease in their fight to save their patients, many feel stressed and burnout, and many feeling discouraged because of the protracted effects of the disease. The psychological health of the nurses as frontline health care workers should be safeguarded owing to their crucial roles in mitigating disease pandemics. Thus, adequate training of nurses would better equip them with the necessary information regarding the preventive measures, and management approaches to foster the mitigation of the disease, mitigate the disease burden on healthcare facilities, and enhance the recovery rate of the infected populations. Andfurther better prepare nurses on prioritizing personal psychological health.

Int J Environ Res Public Health ; 20(6)2023 03 14.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-2257210


INTRODUCTION: A conceptual framework provides the detailed components or concepts identifying the interrelationships in and across a project's components. Due to a lack of psychosocial support, nurses caring for patients diagnosed with COVID-19 are physically, psychologically and socially affected. However, there are no conceptual frameworks for the psychosocial support of nurses caring for patients diagnosed with COVID-19 infection in North West Province, South Africa. The purpose of this study was to develop a conceptual framework for the psychosocial support of these nurses. DESIGN: A qualitative, descriptive phenomenological and contextual research design was followed to conduct this study. Six questions were used to classify concepts and develop the proposed framework. These six crucial questions are based on the agent, recipient, context, procedure, dynamics and terminus. FINDINGS: The results of the framework involved the mobilisation of effective managerial support, the provision of adequate human medical healthcare resources and the mobilisation of support from nurses working in non-COVID wards and family members in the provision of psychological support systems (procedure). The newly developed conceptual framework aims to support nurses caring for patients diagnosed with COVID-19 infection in North West Province (terminus) and to improve their wellbeing. CONCLUSION: The developed framework provides information that can assist nurses in providing quality care to patients. Contribution: The framework will provide solutions for healthcare institutions to respond effectively to similar pandemics in the future, improving the psychosocial wellbeing of nurses caring for patients diagnosed with COVID-19.

COVID-19 , Nurses , Humans , COVID-19/epidemiology , Psychosocial Support Systems , South Africa/epidemiology , Hospitals , Patient Care , Qualitative Research