COVID-19: Korean nurses’ experiences and ongoing tasks for the pandemic’s second wave

Younhee Kang, Kyung Rim Shin

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Nurses are the largest group of healthcare workers in the world, and during the COVID-19 pandemic, nurses have been recognized worldwide as frontline warriors working hard to stem suffering, infection rates and deaths. Korean nurses experienced the effects of the pandemic earlier than in most other countries, and the work of our nurses has been recognized as a successful model in responding COVID-19. In this paper, we share the experiences of Korean nurses, including their experiences of workload, acute shortages of staff and equipment and work overload, and suggest ongoing tasks that need to be addressed to combat the pandemic’s second wave and other possible waves. Specifically, the nursing issues relating to COVID-19 are critically reviewed and recommendations for each issue are suggested in terms of nursing staffing, practice and policy, as well as health policy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)445-449
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Nursing Review
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2020

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© 2020 International Council of Nurses


  • COVID-19
  • Health Policy
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Korea
  • Nurse Staffing
  • Nurses
  • Nursing Policy
  • Pandemic


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