A RESEARCHER is appealing for respiratory nurses to keep a diary of their experiences during the coronavirus pandemic.
Dr Carol Kelly, a respiratory care expert at Edge Hill University in Ormskirk, is collaborating on a new research project asking nurses to join their five-strong team of nurse researchers who hope their study will help ‘capture the nursing voice’ during the crisis - and ensure that lessons are learned.
Dr Kelly said: “The skills and expertise of respiratory nurses will come to the fore as health services strive to deal with the coronavirus crisis.
“Because this disease affects the respiratory tract specifically, respiratory nurses will be fundamental to addressing the current challenge.”
As a registered nurse who has worked as a Respiratory Nurse Specialist and held senior clinical roles in the NHS for many years, Dr Kelly knows all too well the challenges the profession faces.
She is a Reader in Respiratory Care and Head of Applied Health and Social Care in the University’s Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine.
She added: “Everyone is feeling anxious because their roles are changing so rapidly. But we hope the study will help document some of the positives to come out of the crisis, including new ways of working.
“I know I am working very differently and I’m sure others will be too, so let’s see what good can come out of this pandemic and what lessons we can learn for the future.”
The research will include a national survey of nurses working in respiratory care environments during the pandemic together with a call for respiratory nurses to keep a diary or blog of their experiences. In-depth interviews with willing individuals will also be conducted in the future.