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Neonatal nursing during the COVID-19 global pandemic: A thematic analysis of personal reflections

Shaw, C; Gallagher, K; Petty, J; Mancini, A; Boyle, B; (2021) Neonatal nursing during the COVID-19 global pandemic: A thematic analysis of personal reflections. Journal of Neonatal Nursing 10.1016/j.jnn.2021.03.011. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

Background: The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in significant changes and restrictions to neonatal care. The aim of this study was to explore the impact of these changes on neonatal nurses globally. / Methods: We conducted a thematic analysis on written reflections by neonatal nurses worldwide, exploring their experiences of COVID-19. Twenty-two reflections were analysed from eleven countries. / Results: Thematic analysis revealed 4 main themes relating to the nurses’ role: 1) protector 2) challenges to human quality of care 3) vulnerability and 4) resilience. The measures taken as protector were described as compromising the human qualities of care fundamental to their role. This tension, together with other new challenges, heightened feelings of vulnerability. Concurrently, nurses identified role resilience, including resourcefulness and peer support, which allowed them to navigate the global pandemic. / Conclusion: By identifying global challenges and strategies to overcome these, neonatal nurses may be better equipped as the pandemic continues. The reflections underscore the importance of family integrated care and the tension created when it is compromised.

Type: Article
Title: Neonatal nursing during the COVID-19 global pandemic: A thematic analysis of personal reflections
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.jnn.2021.03.011
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jnn.2021.03.011
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Neonatal, COVID-19, Neonatal nurses, Personal reflections, Pandemic, Thematic analysis, Resilience, Family integrated care, Peer support
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > UCL EGA Institute for Womens Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > UCL EGA Institute for Womens Health > Maternal and Fetal Medicine
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > UCL EGA Institute for Womens Health > Neonatology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10127314
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