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Nurses Express Hope, Anxiety around COVID-19 in New Study

With National Nursing Week here, Agnes Black has one request: let’s scale back the ‘nurses are heroes’ talk. 

“When we make them heroes we don’t think of them as people with real needs,” says Black, Providence Health Care’s Director of Research and Knowledge Translation and a co-investigator in new research on nurses’ experiences during the pandemic.

“Some of their actions are heroic, definitely. But often they’ll say ‘I love nursing and this is what I want to do, but I’m exhausted.’ If we treat them like heroes we’re acting like they shouldn’t need to sleep or that safe staffing levels aren’t vitally important.”

Her insights echo early findings in a Photovoice Study, a collaboration between Providence Health Care and Ruhina Rana and Nicole Kozak at the Douglas College Nursing Program.

Read more on this article originally posted here on Nurses express hope, anxiety around COVID-19 in new study | The Daily Scan (providencehealthcare.org)