Working conditions and perceptions of nursing professionals who work to cope with covid-19 in Brazil
Keywords:Nursing, Nurse practitioners, Frontline workers, Work conditions, COVID-19 pandemic
Before the importance of nursing in fighting epidemics and the challenges imposed on the exercise of the profession by COVID-19, this paper aims to analyze the working conditions and perceptions of nursing professionals regarding their performance in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic in Brazil. This exploratory research consisted of data collected through an online survey answered by 445 nursing professionals between June 15th and July 1st, 2020. Data underwent a qualitative content analysis in the light of the propositions of Bardin and Saldaña. In the field of sensations, the professionals’ reports show fear, increased irritability, work overload, sadness, and loneliness. Besides demanding greater vigilance regarding preventive measures to reduce contagion, the COVID-19 pandemic changed the work processes and services organization, influencing the quantitative dimensioning of professionals, working hours, and execution mode. Moreover, these changes impacted the time available for care and the interaction between professionals and users. The relevance of nursing work and health teams in confronting COVID-19 in Brazil reinforces the need for effective measures aimed at protecting and preserving these professionals’ physical and mental health.
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