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The COVID-19 pandemic: Analysing nursing risk, care and careerscapes.

Authors
  • Thompson, Lee1
  • Bidwell, Susan1
  • Seaton, Philippa2
  • 1 Department of Population Health, University of Otago, Christchurch, New Zealand. , (New Zealand)
  • 2 Department of Postgraduate Nursing, University of Otago, Christchurch, New Zealand. , (New Zealand)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Nursing Inquiry
Publisher
Wiley (Blackwell Publishing)
Publication Date
Jul 01, 2022
Volume
29
Issue
3
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1111/nin.12468
PMID: 34750928
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

This qualitative study explores how junior nurses, and some who were still in training, navigated the complexities and uncertainties engendered by the COVID-19 pandemic. Data are drawn from in-depth interviews with 18 students/nurses in Christchurch, New Zealand. Managing intertwining risk, care and careerscapes takes an intensified form as existing infection control rules, established norms of care, boundaries between home and work and expected career trajectories roil. 'Safe' and 'risky' spaces are porous but maintained using contextual, critical, clinical judgement. Carescapes are stretched, both within and beyond the walls of healthcare settings. Within the COVID-19 riskscape, careerscapes are open to both threat and opportunity. Countries demand much of their healthcare staff in times of heath crises, but have a limited appreciation of what it takes to translate seemingly tightly bounded protocols into effective practice. The labour required in this work of translation is navigated moment by moment. To surface some of this invisible work, those implementing pandemic plans may need to more carefully consider how to incorporate attention to the work/home/public boundary as well as overtly acknowledging the invisible emotional, physical and intellectual labour carried out in crisis risk, care and careerscapes. © 2021 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

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