Everyone is someone's child: The experiences of pediatric nurses caring for adult COVID-19 patients

Diana Lulgjuraj, Taylor Hubner, Nicole Radzinski, Una Hopkins

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Purpose: During the COVID-19 pandemic, pediatric nurses at one medical center in New York assumed care of COVID-19 adult patients. The purpose of this study was to understand pediatric nurses' experiences during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, when they were caring for patients outside of their usual practice. Design and methods: A qualitative descriptive study was implemented, and a descriptive survey was sent to all pediatric nurses who worked during the peak of the pandemic, from March 2020 – May 2020. Categorical responses were analyzed using descriptive statistics and free texts were coded to develop central themes. Results: Four themes emerged from the data: concerns for safety, unprepared to care, nurses' emotional responses, and persevering together. Conclusions: As pediatric nurses adjusted to caring for a new disease and a new population of patients, concerns of safety and preparedness emanated. The need for teamwork and support was emphasized by nurses. The impact that nurses' experiences had on their emotional wellbeing was also highlighted. Practice implications: Exploring pediatric nurses' experiences during a pandemic is important, as it furthers understanding and guides efforts to enhance preparedness for a future pandemic or public health emergency. Findings from this study illustrate the need to provide nurses with support for both their physical and emotional health.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)198-206
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Pediatric Nursing
StatePublished - Sep 1 2021


  • COVID-19
  • Coronavirus
  • Nurses' experiences
  • Pandemic
  • Pediatric nursing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics


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