1. Nair, Julie McCulloh PhD, RN, APHN-BC, CCRE
  2. Birkhoff, Susan PhD, RN
  3. Mandel, Deborah PhD, RN
  4. Thomas, Amanda BSN, RN


The COVID-19 pandemic is a history-changing event affecting all nurses. This study sought to explore nurses' experiences during the pandemic's early phase using a phenomenological approach. One hundred sixty-one participants enrolled in the study. Demographic data, written narratives, and digital images were collected. Ever-changing environment emerged as the overarching theme, along with six subthemes. Because of a crisis situation created by the pandemic, nurses need specialized support and education to manage their constantly changing environment.