Hower, Kira Isabel ORCID: 0000-0002-7123-3296, Pfaff, Holger ORCID: 0000-0001-9154-6575 and Pfoertner, Timo-Kolja (2020). Nursing care in times of COVID-19: Online survey of leaders on challenges, burdens, and coping strategies. Pflege, 33 (4). S. 207 - 219. BERN 9: VERLAG HANS HUBER. ISSN 1664-283X

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Aim: In light of the dynamic developments and consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic for the care of people in need of long-term care the following questions arise: How do leaders of care facilities perceive the challenges, how burdened are they and how do they cope with these? Methods: Leaders from outpatient and inpatient nursing and hospice care facilities were contacted by e-mail to participate in an online survey. Closed questions were analysed descriptively, open information was analysed by content analysis. Results: From of 4,333 nursing facilities contacted, usable information was available from 525 persons. The greatest pandemic-related, interdependent challenges include concern about infections of patients and employees, procurement of protective equipment, compliance with hygiene regulations, inconsistency and lack of transparency of information and guidelines that are important for work, and loss of income and lead to a cascade of burdens. Around 40 % of respondents are uncertain whether they can cope with these. According to the respondents. the well-being and presenteeism of the leaders surveyed has deteriorated in the course of the pandemic outbreak and they appeared to be more often ill at work. Financial and structural measures, the strengthening of social cohesion and explanation were mentioned as coping strategies. Conclusions: The results show an increase in challenges and illustrate interdependent pandemic-related burdens. These are mainly met by overtime and additional effort. especially on the part of leaders. It remains unclear what long-term consequences are to be expected from the burden situation.

Item Type: Journal Article
CreatorsEmailORCIDORCID Put Code
Hower, Kira
URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-324768
DOI: 10.1024/1012-5302/a000752
Journal or Publication Title: Pflege
Volume: 33
Number: 4
Page Range: S. 207 - 219
Date: 2020
Place of Publication: BERN 9
ISSN: 1664-283X
Language: German
Faculty: Unspecified
Divisions: Unspecified
Subjects: no entry
Uncontrolled Keywords:
NursingMultiple languages


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