D.F.DICSON FERNANDEZ1, Y.L PHOON1, T.S CHUA1
National Centre for Infectious Diseases1
There is limited literature exploring factors that influence nurses’ preparedness and response for the COVID-19 outbreak in Singapore. Considering the vital role of nurses in outbreak management, this study explores factors influencing nurses’ preparedness and response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
We used a phenomenology approach with thematic analysis to explore these factors. In-depth interviews using a semi-structured questionnaire were conducted on twelve participants. Participants consist of registered nurses and assistant nurses that worked or are working in NCID during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Seven themes emerged and were subsequently grouped into three phases.
(I) Before the outbreak: (a) Experience, knowledge and skills & (b) Knowing the purpose;
(II) During the outbreak: (a) characteristics of the outbreak, (b) Communication, (c) Load and demand, and (d) Coping;
(III) Learning and looking forth: (a) Growth and gains.
Training and exposure had laid the foundation for nurses to manage the crisis. However, as the COVID-19 outbreak continues to evolve, it is learnt that the building of nurses preparedness is a continuous quest. The interplay of multiple interrelated factors influences nurses preparedness for outbreak response at different outbreak phases. Hence, in preparing for the future, stakeholders must emphasize the importance of balanced needs between the frontline nurses’ and management to enhance nurses’ resilience throughout this challenging journey.