A literature review of nurses’ experience working with COVID-19 patients

Yoyok Bekti Prasetyo, Safera Rodatul Ula, Sri Sunaringsih, Yulis Setiya Dewi, Titih Huriah

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Objectives: Nurses who worked long hours and contacting with coronavirus diseases 2019 (COVID-19) patients often felt stress, worry, and infection fears. However, there was a nurse’s responsibility toward the patient’s safety. This study aimed to describe nurses’ experiences while treating COVID-19 patients. Methods: This study was conducted with a systematic review. Preferred reporting items for systematic reviews and meta-analyses guidelines were used, with keywords “Determinant Factors” and “Mental Disorder” or “Mental Health,” and (COVID-19 or “coronavirus diseases 2019”). The databases used were PubMed, Proquest, Springer Link, Taylor and Francis, and Science Direct. There were 72 articles from PubMed, 1012 from ProQuest, 2143 from Springer Link, 167 from Taylor Francis, and 2705 from Science Direct were used to identify phases. However, only 16 articles were analyzed. Results: Nurses caring for COVID-19 patients endure stress and anxiety, according to eight articles. According to three studies, nurses are socially stigmatized in society. Listening to prayer produces mental peace and calming sentiments for both nurses and patients, according to the spiritual experience of nurses. Conclusion: Nurses’ psychological reactions to caring for COVID-19 patients were mostly fear, sadness, nervousness, worry, and exhaustion as a result of the condition in the COVID-19 isolation ward. They require appropriate psychological care to alleviate their psychological distress and provide comfort.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)256-261
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Psychiatric Nursing
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • Caring
  • coronavirus diseases 2019
  • experiences
  • nurse
  • patients


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