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Nursing issues
Nurses have a heightened sense of duty and dedication to patient care during pandemics and epidemics
  1. Elaheh Haghgoshayie1,
  2. Gholamreza Faridaalaee1,2,
  3. Edris Hasanpoor1
  1. 1 Department of Healthcare Management, Research Center for Evidence-Based Health Management, Maragheh University of Medical Sciences, Maragheh, Iran
  2. 2 Emergency Medicine Research Team, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran
  1. Correspondence to Dr Edris Hasanpoor, Maragheh University of Medical Sciences, Maragheh 53432, Iran (the Islamic Republic of); edihasanpoor{at}

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Commentary on: Fernandez R, Lord H, Halcomb E, et al. Implications for COVID-19: a systematic review of nurses’ experiences of working in acute care hospital settings during a respiratory pandemic. Int J Nurs Stud 2020;8:103637. doi: 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2020.103637.

Implications for practice and research

  • Nurses’ sense of obligation, self-devotion to patient care, personal sacrifice and professional collaboration is enhanced during epidemics/pandemics.

  • Due to the effects of different variables on nurses’ willingness to accept hazards, further quantitative studies are required.


Pandemics such as COVID-19 have enormous implications on healthcare systems and workers, particularly in the hospitals.1 2 Nurses, as the largest group of health professionals, are at the frontline of the healthcare system response to pandemics.3 4 Nurses play a key role in the public health response to such crises, delivering direct patient care and are therefore exposed to …

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  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.