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COVID 19 caused a wave of ‘fear of unknown’ all over the world and nurses being frontline workers had the major risk of exposure.
Objective - The study aimed to identify the fear caused before, during, and after working in the COVID intensive care unit. Similarities and differences were traced related to resilience and coping, as well as the passage of time.
Material & methods- Cohort Study design was adopted and conducted in three phases and data was collected before (when duty roster was shared), during, and after posting in the COVID ICU. Results -Fear anxiety was severe before the posting and was reduced thereafter, however, the severe fear turned into mild and moderate fear anxiety after the posting. Resilience and coping were reported to be high in young adults. A significant statistical association of resilience with age and marital status was found, on the other hand, coping had an association with gender, experience, and marital status. Conclusion - was drawn that with age the resilience and coping ability improved and married nurses were more resilient and were able to cope up faster than single. A similar statistical association was observed for gender and years of experience with coping ability.
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