Dr Nicola Roberts to research nurses’ experiences during coronavirus

Dr Nicola Roberts is conducting research to explore the experiences of nurses working in respiratory areas during the coronavirus pandemic.

Nicola, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Nursing and Community Health,​ will survey nursing staff to learn more about their resilience and their experience of anxiety and depression about their home and work life during the pandemic.​

Nicola is leading the research and will be joined by co-investigator Dr Jamie Frankis, of GCU, and nurse researchers from the University of Southampton, Solent University and Edge Hill University. The project is supported by the Primary Care Respiratory Society, Association of Respiratory Nurse Specialists and the British Thoracic Society.

Nicola said: “The nursing voice is often absent in coordinated mass crisis situations. Yet nurses, with the experience and expertise they bring, are fundamental to the COVID-19 response. Challenges, learning and adaptions experienced by nurses working in a respiratory environment during the COVID-19 pandemic warrant sharing within the nursing community, respiratory communities and the NHS to improve practice and outcomes for patients. This is an extremely stressful time for nurses working in a respiratory care context, with high levels of face-to-face contact with COVID-19 patients, including those at the end of life. Balancing work/life stressors may be difficult for many. This research explores these issues and identifies what support is available. The findings will be disseminated widely through professional networks to inform the NHS. We will be using an online survey to explore levels of confidence, resilience and levels of anxiety and depression.”

The project is part of a wider programme of work, part of which will study diaries kept by staff during the pandemic. Learn more

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