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  1. Weaver, Susan H. PhD, RN, CRNI(R), NEA-BC
  2. Steinheiser, Marlene M. PhD, RN, CRNI(R)
  3. McNicholas, Miriam DNP, RN, CNL, NEA-BC
  4. Prinzo, Deborah MSN, RN, MEDSURG-BC
  5. Wertz, Bridget DNP, RN, NE-BC, NPD-BC, CCRN


During the COVID-19 pandemic, nurses were faced with challenges when caring for patients, safely administering intravenous (IV) medications and solutions, and protecting themselves from the virus. To address these challenges, nurses moved infusion pumps outside of intensive care unit (ICU) rooms of patients with COVID-19 to minimize their exposure to the virus, conserve personal protective equipment, and efficiently administer IV medications and solutions. The purpose of this qualitative descriptive study was to explore and describe nurses' perception of managing infusion pumps outside the ICU rooms of patients with COVID-19 at 6 acute care hospitals. Eight interviews were conducted with ICU nurse managers, assistant nurse managers, clinical nurses, and vascular access team staff. From the interviews, the overarching theme was "figure out a way," with the subtheme "no clear-cut policy." Additional themes were: (1) limiting nurses' exposure, (2) increased risk for infection and error, (3) teamwork, and (4) roller coaster of emotions. The findings from this study revealed that, during this unprecedented pandemic, nurses were innovative and figured out a way to care for patients who were critically ill with COVID-19. Understanding this experience provides insight into creating policies and procedures to guide patient care in future pandemics or emergency care.