Nursing and Maternity in the Pandemic: A Qualitative Study from Turkey

Evgin D., SEZER EFE Y., Özdemir F.

Maternal and Child Health Journal, vol.27, no.12, pp.2121-2130, 2023 (SSCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 27 Issue: 12
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s10995-023-03734-0
  • Journal Name: Maternal and Child Health Journal
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, CINAHL, Food Science & Technology Abstracts, MEDLINE, Psycinfo, Public Affairs Index
  • Page Numbers: pp.2121-2130
  • Keywords: Childcare, Family relations, Nurse mother, Nursing care, Pandemics
  • Kayseri University Affiliated: Yes


Objectives: This study was conducted to examine the experiences and perceived challenges of nurses who are also mothers having a child during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Methods: A descriptive phenomenological design. The study was conducted with 18 nurse mothers working at COVID-19 clinics in Turkey. Results: Nurse mothers missed their children and are worried about infecting their children. Based on content analysis, the themes of the study were determined as follows: (1) Nursing Care Process, (2) Disruption of Family Processes, (3) Nurse Mother’s Perspective: Being a Child in a Pandemic, and (4) Coping with Challenges—“Searching for a solution.” Conclusions: Necessary conditions should be provided for nurses with children or family members in need of care and protocols should be made with relevant institutions.