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Being used for the greater good while fighting on the frontline: care staff's experiences of working with older people during the COVID-19 pandemic in Sweden
Mälardalen University, Västerås.
Dalarna University, School of Health and Welfare, Caring Science/Nursing. Mälardalen University, Västerås; Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2511-9502
2024 (English)In: BMC Geriatrics, E-ISSN 1471-2318, Vol. 24, no 1, article id 135Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Sustainable development
SDG 3: Good health and well-being
Abstract [en]

BAKGROUND: Worldwide, older people were more severely affected during the COVID-19 pandemic than others. In Sweden, those living in residential care facilities had the highest mortality rate, followed by those receiving home care services. The Swedish and international literature on the working environment for assistant nurses and care aides during the pandemic shows an increase in stress, anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress syndromes. Care organisations were badly prepared to prevent the virus from spreading and to protect the staff from stress. In order to be better prepared for possible future pandemics, the health and well-being of the staff, the care of older people and the experiences of the staff both during and after a pandemic are important aspects to take into account. Therefore, this study aims to describe the experiences of assistant nurses and care aides working in the care of older people during the COVID-19 pandemic in Sweden, their working conditions and the impact all this had on their lives.

METHODOLOGY: The study has a qualitative, descriptive design. The data was collected in four focus group interviews with 21 participants and analysed using qualitative content analysis.

RESULTS: The results revealed the theme, Being used for the greater good while fighting on the frontline, which was then divided into three categories: portrayed as a risk for older people, not being valued and being burnt out. The worsening working conditions that the pandemic contributed to resulted in a high degree of stress and risk of burnout, with staff members both wanting to and actually leaving their employment. After the pandemic they felt forgotten again and left to cope in an even worse situation than before.

CONCLUSIONS: The pandemic had a major effect on assistant nurses and care aides in terms of their working environment and their private lives. To be better prepared for future pandemics or disasters, organisations with responsibility for the care of older people will need to ensure that their staff have the necessary competencies and that there is adequate staffing in place. This also means that adequate government funding and multiple interventions will be needed.

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2024. Vol. 24, no 1, article id 135
Keywords [en]
Assistant nurse, COVID-19, Care aide, Geriatric care, Home care service, Occupational health, Residential facilities, Working conditions
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Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-48028DOI: 10.1186/s12877-023-04644-0ISI: 001158376600003PubMedID: 38321402Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85184547084OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-48028DiVA, id: diva2:1837307
Available from: 2024-02-13 Created: 2024-02-13 Last updated: 2024-06-07Bibliographically approved

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