COVID-19 deaths: what we need in the next phase
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COVID-19 deaths: what we need in the next phase

Julie Pearce Marie Curie chief nurse and executive director, Quality and caring services

Marie Curie’s chief nurse on how the plans we make now can help reduce strain on healthcare staff, and on grieving families

The findings of our annual Nursing Standard–Marie Curie survey show that COVID-19 has brought huge challenges for nursing staff delivering end of life care. Wearing personal protective equipment (PPE), although essential, is draining and has created a physical barrier to communication. And we have been left emotionally exhausted, absorbing the fears and anxieties of our patients and their families while working to treat, to reassure and to show kindness and compassion.

Cancer Nursing Practice. 19, 6, 13-13. doi: 10.7748/cnp.19.6.13.s9

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