A qualitative exploration of the experiences of school nurses during COVID-19 pandemic as the frontline primary health care professionals
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AbstractBackground:
It is widely acknowledged that the experiences of frontline primary health care professionals during COVID-19 are important to understand how they respond and act under situations of pandemic as the gatekeepers in primary health care system. School nurses are primary health care professionals who lead health care in schools and practice in a holistic manner to address the needs of schoolchildren and school personnel. There are rising mental health concerns of frontline health care professionals with anxiety and panic disorders, somatic symptoms, and feeling isolated. No studies use a qualitative study approach to document community frontline school nursing professionals’ experiences and challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hence, understanding the school nurses’ experiences and challenges to fight against COVID-19 in the communities is important.
Purpose:
This study aims to explore the experiences of school nurses during the COVID-19 pandemic in Hong Kong.
Methods:
A qualitative study design adopted the principles of thematic analysis. Nineteen school nurses were recruited to participate in individual semistructured interviews and shared their roles and responsibilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Findings:
Three themes indicated the school nurses’ expand professional responsibilities to fight against COVID-19 emerged from the data analysis. These were “Managing Stress,” “Navigating the School Through the Pandemic,” and “Raising the Profile of the School Nurse Professional,”
Discussion:
Findings reveal the important role of school nursing professionals in minimizing the community-wide risk posed by pandemics and the need to integrate them into planning and implementation of school health policies and guidelines in the primary health care system. This essential role in schools is necessary to assess, implement, monitor, prevent, and reduce the spread of virus in school communities and to minimize the burden to and extra health care resources utilized in the acute care setting during COVID-19 pandemic.
Acceptance Date06/12/2020
All Author(s) ListLee RLT, West S, Tang ACY, Cheng HY, Chong CYY, Chien WT, Chan SWC
Journal nameNursing Outlook
Year2021
Month6
Volume Number69
Issue Number3
PublisherElsevier
Pages399 - 408
ISSN0029-6554
LanguagesEnglish-United States
KeywordsSchool nurse, Roles, Experiences, Challenges, Qualitative study, COVID-19

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