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Year : 2023  |  Volume : 28  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 118-121

Managing the nursing shortage during the Covid-19 pandemic: A qualitative study

1 Faculty of Nursing Universitas Indonesia, Nursing Committee in the Universitas Indonesia Hospital, Jakarta, Indonesia
2 Faculty of Nursing Universitas Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia
3 Nursing Committee of National Cardiovascular Center Harapan Kita, Jakarta, Indonesia
4 Karyadi Hospital, Semarang, Indonesia
5 Fatmawati Hospital, Jakarta, Indonesia
6 Nursing Committee of Sardjito Hospital, Jogjakarta, Indonesia
7 Persahabatan Hospital, Jakarta, Indonesia

Correspondence Address:
Rr Tutik Sri Hariyati
Basic and Fundamental Nursing Department, Faculty of Nursing, Universitas Indonesia Jl. Prof. Dr. Bahder Djohan, Kampus UI Depok, West Java16424 –
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijnmr.ijnmr_127_21

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Background: Nursing care contributes to the safety and the quality of care of patients. During the COVID-19 pandemic, nurses became frontline care providers. Materials and Methods: A qualitative study was conducted using an online focus group discussion of eight nurse committee members from six hospitals. After the data were collected, the study continued with inductive thematic analysis. The data were organized and extracted to identify meaningful statements and formulate meanings. Inductive thematic analysis was used, resulting in three themes and six subthemes. Results: The themes related to managing the nursing workforce, schedules, rosters, shifts, goals of re-design staffing, and the nurse-patient ratio. Conclusions: The management of the nursing staffing was modified to protect nurses during the COVID-19 pandemic. The nurse manager redesigned workforce planning to ensure a safe environment for nurses.

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