Public’s Sentiment on COVID-19 Nurses Survivor in Malang City

Whaisna Switaningtyas

Abstract


Nurses play a critical role in health services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Their duties and responsibilities impose them to stay around the patients with a high probability to become the spreaders of the virus. This study aimed to explore the public’s view on COVID-19 nurses survivor, from the perspective of nurses. This qualitative research was performed using a phenomenological approach. The data needed were collected through direct in-depth interviews done in compliance with the COVID-19-preventing protocols and then analyzed using the Colaizzi method with a seven-step approach to 12 participants. The results showed two themes: 1) feeling stigmatized by the community and 2) feeling that the social stigma has an impact on the family, both of which are composed of several sub-themes and categories. Paricipant found a lot of experiences and challenges because they had to carry out their responsibilities in an environment enforcing them at risk of contracting the virus. Participants who had ever been confirmed positive for the COVID-19 perceived the stigma and negative views offered by the community towards them while they, instead, needed support from all parties to create a good atmosphere and correct the wrong information related to the treatment of patients with COVID-19.


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