Sundblad H, Hommel A
AANA J 91 (4) 273-278 [2023-08-00; online 2023-08-01]
In spring 2020, a global SARS-Cov-2 pandemic was declared. The number of patients in need of intensive care exceeded the number of available care places at intensive care units (ICUs) and certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) were relocated to ICUs to support the care during the pandemic. The aim of this study was to illuminate the experiences of the CRNAs regarding relocation to COVID-19 intensive care. An interview study based on qualitative content analysis was conducted. The participants were CRNAs who usually work in the operating unit, however, were relocated to work in the COVID-19 ICU at a university hospital in southern Sweden during the pandemic. Four themes emerge in the results: sense of pride, competence, work environment, and nursing. The results illuminate the CRNAs' experience of relocating from their usual working environment to caring for critically ill patients in a COVID-19 ICU. The CRNAs managed the relocation well, although sometimes it was difficult. The CRNAs showed great loyalty, dedication, competence, and flexibility in their professional capacity. The time they worked in COVID-19 intensive care was a challenging period, but it gave them a well-deserved sense of pride and competence.