This study examined US hospital, ambulatory/outpatient facility, and clinic nurses’ perceptions regarding care of persons under investigation (PUIs) and confirmed Ebola virus disease (EVD) patients and EVD nursing workforce impact.
Timely research was warranted to better understand nurses’ perceptions.
This survey research used convenience sampling of RNs, LPNs, and nurse technicians. Respondents completed a 45-item electronic validated survey.
Overall average perceived risk with providing care was higher for confirmed EVD patients (5.2) than PUIs (4.8) (0 = no risk, 10 = highest risk). Few had cared for confirmed EVD patients (0.3%) or PUIs (0.7%). Whereas 48.4% felt prepared in protecting themselves from contracting EVD, 25.2% were concerned with contracting EVD. More nurses (45.9%) felt they should be able to opt out of caring for confirmed EVD patients as compared with those caring for PUIs (39.2%). EVD emergence had not affected (85.8%) nurses’ willingness to provide direct patient care; however, 6.8% reported EVD has decreased years planned in the nursing workforce.
Nurses reported moderate risk for EVD-related patient care; 6.8% may leave the workforce earlier.
Author Affiliations: Clinical Nurse Scientist (Dr Speroni), Independent, Leesburg; Infection Preventionist (Dr Seibert), Independent, Warrenton; and Associate Professor, Assistant Dean, Doctoral Division (Dr Mallinson), School of Nursing, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia.
The authors declare no conflicts of interest.
Correspondence: Dr Speroni (email@example.com).
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