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  1. Robinson, Ruthie PhD, RN, CNS, FAEN, CEN, NEA-BC
  2. Stinson, Cynthia Kellam PhD, APRN, CNS, RN-BC


Background: Previous research on nurses during pandemics has focused on nurses working in one facility or type of unit; this study focuses on nurses caring for COVID-19 patients in a variety of units in different sites across the United States.


Objective: The aim of this study was to understand the experiences of registered nurses working with hospitalized COVID-19 patients.


Methods: This study used a hermeneutic phenomenology design. Semistructured interviews via telephone were conducted and then transcribed verbatim. Colaizzi's method of analysis was used. Data saturation was achieved with 14 participants.


Results: Three major themes were evident. They were "the human connection," "the nursing burden," and "coping." Subthemes were identified under each major theme.


Discussion: This study depicted nurses who are caring, empathetic, and resilient. They had many recommendations for fellow nurses, the public, and health care organizations.