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Experiences of health workers in the COVID-19 pandemic : in their own words / Marie Bismark, Karen Willis, Sophie Lewis, and Natasha Smallwood.

By: Contributor(s): Series: The COVID-19 pandemic seriesPublisher: Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon : Routledge, 2022Description: xxii, 223 pages ; 24 cmContent type:
  • text
Media type:
  • unmediated
Carrier type:
  • volume
  • 9781032132716
Subject(s): DDC classification:
  • 362.11068
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Includes index.

Includes bibliographical references .

Introduction -- Riding a roller-coaster of mood and meaning -- Pervasive, precarious, and perilous -- Self-care struggles and strategies -- The impossible juggle of work and care -- Missing the human connection -- Dispensable and disillusioned -- Overwork, burnout, and resignation -- Leadership and teams -- Communication and understanding -- Feeling valued and appreciated -- Showing up all the cracks -- Not being able to hug a dying patient -- Supporting emotional wellbeing -- Purpose, compassion and gratitude -- Looking back, looking forwards -- Postscript: to whoever is reading this -- Index.

"Experiences of Health Workers in the COVID-19 Pandemic shares the stories of frontline health workers - told in their own words - during the second wave of COVID-19 in Australia. The book records the complex emotions health workers experienced as the pandemic unfolded and the challenges they faced in caring for themselves, their families, and their patients. The book shares their insights on what we can learn from the pandemic to strengthen our health system and prepare for future crises. The book draws on over 9,000 responses to a survey examining the psychological, occupational, and social impact of COVID-19 on frontline health workers. Survey participants came from all areas of the health sector, from intensive care doctors to hospital cleaners to aged care nurses, and from large metropolitan hospitals to rural primary care practices. The authors organise these free text responses thematically, creating a shared narrative of health workers experiences. Each chapter is prefaced by a commentary providing additional context and exploring the significance of the themes that emerged from the survey. This book offers a unique historical record of the experiences of thousands of healthcare workers at the height of the second wave of the pandemic and will be of great interest to anyone interested in healthcare policy and the psychological, organisational, and social challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic"--

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