In the COVID-19 pandemic, factors such as a shortage of medical resources, long busy shifts, restrictions on socialization, and the pain of losing infected colleagues, as well as the fear of getting infected and infecting family members, all have contributed to high levels of stress among nurses. How do they cope?
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers at KWTRP had initiated a communication skills and emotional competence course for nurse managers, which came to a halt with travel restrictions. In a series of follow-up informal calls, these nurse managers reported being emotionally exhausted and struggling with burnout. In response, we organized three online peer psychosocial support sessions to share experiences; support each other and identify strategies to manage the challenges. 12 neonatal nurse managers from seven counties participated.