Les infirmières de soins intensifs travaillant avec des patients atteints d’une grave maladie COVID-19 sont au centre et en première ligne de la pandémie dynamique, ce qui pose des défis de communication et exige d’elles une force inhabituelle. L’objectif de l’étude était de saisir l’expérience vécue des défis et des forces en matière de communication des infirmières en soins intensifs qui s’occupent de patients atteints de la maladie COVID-19 au cours des deux premières vagues de la pandémie.
Intensive care nurses working with patients with severe COVID-19 illness are at the center and frontline of the dynamic pandemic, which poses communication challenges and demands of unusual strength on their part. The study aim was to capture the lived experience of intensive care COVID nurses’ communication challenges and strengths as they cared for COVID-19 intensive care patients during the two first pandemic waves. The study used qualitative descriptive-phenomenology research designs. Twenty-two nurses were selected using snowball sampling, and online interviews were conducted with them. Data were recorded and transcribed, then reflexively double-coded for increased rigor. Four major themes emerged from the data. The first two expressed the communication challenges and difficulties communicating with patients due to the extreme protection needed and/or their medical condition. However, the other two themes expressed the nurses’ strengths—sharing feelings with other caregivers and family. Accordingly, we recommend using simple language and ensuring patient comprehension, as well as creating an optimistic environment for fostering caregiver bonding.