2020: Pandemic nursing: Audio Recordings as a Window into Nursing during COVID-19

Pandemic nursing: Audio Recordings as a Window into Nursing during COVID-19
AYA project leader: Marci Cottingham

There is a lot that is unknown about how nurses work in the context of a pandemic. Past work suggests that this is stressful, emotionally demanding work that requires multicultural teamwork and adaptability in addition to technical expertise. The pandemic nursing project has now collected diary entries from 21 nurses from across the U.S., working while the Covid-19 pandemic is ongoing. Eight of these were recorded as audio diaries and 13 were written entries. Participants (all women except for one man) range in age from 27 – 67 years old, are from a variety of facilities and units (emergency room, labor and delivery, neonatal intensive care, intensive care unit), and are racially diverse.

Despite challenges in recruiting test subjects during a pandemic, the project group has been able to work on an analysis of the findings over the past three months. The audio-recorded entries have now been transcribed. Preliminary findings were presented in October 2020 during a talk at the Amsterdam University College’s series on the Emotional Turn in Contemporary Public and Academic Debates.