L’objectif de cette étude phénoménologique qualitative était d’explorer en profondeur l’expérience vécue par les infirmières en soins intensifs (ISI) lors de la prise en charge des patients atteints du coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pendant la pandémie.
Objective The goal of this qualitative phenomenological study was to explore in-depth, critical care nurses’ (CCNs) lived experience while caring for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients during the pandemic. Background CCNs play an important role during pandemics characterized by highly contagious, life-threatening disease. Understanding the experience of CCNs during a pandemic is particularly important because of the high rate of burnout within this group, as well as a shortage of these caregivers across the globe. Methods Using Heidegger’s interpretive phenomenological approach, interviews were conducted with 10 CCNs caring for COVID-19 patients. The goal of the interviews was to access a deep layer of understanding regarding participants’ lived experience. Results Themes of role frustration, emotional and physical exhaustion, and the importance of presence were revealed. Conclusion Themes revealed suggest a number of actions hospital administrators could take to support CCNs as they experience the challenges of a pandemic.