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3rd Edition of

Singapore Nursing Research Conference

March 16-18, 2023 | Singapore

Nursing 2023

Susan K Steele Moses

Speaker at Singapore Nursing Research Conference 2023 - Susan K Steele Moses
Northwestern State University, United States
Title : The essence of the ICU nurses experience during the Covid-19 pandemic, then and now


Title: The Essence of the ICU Nurse’s Experience During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Then and Now

Submission Session Type: Nursing Research or Nurses and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Objectives: At the end of the session the participant will be able to:

  • Relate Watson’s Theory of Human Caring to the nurse-patient relationship during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Understand the essence of the ICU nurse’s lived experience during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Apply the knowledge gained to academic and clinical settings to continue to support practicing nurses.

Purpose: The purpose of this qualitative phenomenological study was to understand the lived experience of the registered nurse caring for patient’s diagnosed with Covid-19 during the early days of the pandemic and after vaccination was disseminated.

Theoretical Framework: Watson’s Theory of Human Caring

Method and Design: This qualitative phenomenological study took place in a southern state in the U.S.. Twelve ICU nurses employed in four acute care hospitals participated in a 60-90 minute interview conducted via Zoom. The interviews were transcribed verbatim, verified with the participant, and compiled for data analysis. Grigori’s data analysis procedures were used to transform the data into meaningful units.

Results:  The four meaningful units that captured the essence of the nurse’s experiences included: 1) The Calm Before the Storm, 2) We’re Not Heroes, We Can’t Even Save These People, 3) They Are Forever in My Mind, and 4) Nursing Is Forever Changed

Conclusions: As new strains and variants of the COVID-19 virus emerge, further research is needed.

Clinical Relevance: The findings can be applied by academicians who prepare future practicing nurses and the nurse leaders who support them.


Biography: Dr. Susan Steele-Moses is a registered nurse and holds a Doctor of Nursing Science from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, LA. She is currently an Associate Professor of Nursing at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA where she serves as the methodologist and statistician for the Doctor of Nursing Practice program.  Dr. Steele-Moses also serves as a university research methodologist at the University of Phoenix-Online and a chair, research methodologist and academic quality reviewer at Grand Canyon State University, both in Phoenix, AZ. Dr. Steele-Moses has taught graduate and doctoral courses since 2004 with a focus on research methods, translational research, and applied statistics. Dr. Steele-Moses is grant funded, has conducted numerous research projects, is widely published, and has presented nationally and internationally.