Nurses’ Perceptions on Ebola Care in the United States, Part 2: A Qualitative Analysis

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OBJECTIVE:This study examined qualitative comments from an online survey of nurses’ perceptions regarding care of persons under investigation and patients with confirmed Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the United States.BACKGROUND:Additional insight into nurses’ perceptions regarding EVD was warranted.METHODS:Survey design used convenience sampling of RNs, licensed practical nurses, and nurse technicians, who responded to 8 open-ended survey questions.RESULTS:Most respondents (618/966 [64.0%]) provided comments. The top 5 of the 13 primary themes were lack of preparedness/readiness; training, education, and improved communications needed; fear of EVD transmission; lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) and infection prevention; and nurses not treated professionally.CONCLUSIONS:Noting multiple concerns, most respondents reported that EVD care could be most safely provided when all parties involved are prepared and when nurses are educated and trained in evidence-driven practices with appropriate PPE and infection control procedures.

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