2020, Cilt 7, Sayı 0, Sayfa(lar) 001-007
Protection of COVID-19 Frontline Nurses’ Mental Health and Prevention of Psychological Trauma
Duygu HİÇDURMAZ1, Yeter Sinem ÜZAR-ÖZÇETİN2
1Doç. Dr., Hacettepe Üniversitesi Hemşirelik Fakültesi, Psikiyatri Hemşireliği Anabilim Dalı, Ankara, Türkiye
2Dr. Öğr. Üyesi, Hacettepe Üniversitesi Hemşirelik Fakültesi, Psikiyatri Hemşireliği Anabilim Dalı, Ankara, Türkiye
Keywords: Coronavirus, nursing, mental health, pandemic, psychological trauma

The prevalence of COVID-19 in the general population in many countries, high morbidity and mortality rates make it necessary to develop ways of adapting to the new crisis by disabling the usual coping styles, and create an unprecedented burden on all healthcare professionals worldwide. Nurses are healthcare professionals working in the frontline by providing 24-hour care during this pandemic. In this process beyond experiencing an increase in the intensity of their work, nurses try to adapt to new protocols and an extremely “new normal”, witness a faster deterioration in patients’ condition, provide more frequent end-oflife care, work in different areas for longer periods of time without breaks, struggle with insufficient protective equipment such as mask/visor, and try to cope with situations which causes serious moral distress. All of these factors cause nurses to experience high levels of stress and to face mental health risks. In this context, it is important to protect the mental health of nurses and prevent trauma. This article has been written in order to reveal the conditions affecting mental health of nurses working in the front line during COVID-19 pandemic process, mental health problems experienced by the nurses and draw attention to the precautions that can be taken in order to protect mental health of the nurses and to prevent psychological trauma.