1. What factors influence the experience of nurses caring for patients with severe viral disease during severe respiratory infection outbreak?
2. How do the experience impact on nurses' health and wellbeing (physical, social and psychological)?
3. How does the experience impact on nurses' professional identity and intention to stay in the profession?
4. How does the experience affect patient care?
5. How does the experience affect collaborative working with other healthcare professionals (multidisciplinary teamwork)?
6. What can be learned from the above for SARS-CoV-2 and future outbreak/pandemic/epidemic/disaster?
Inclusion criteria: Registered Nurses, Nursing Associates/ Associates Nurses working in tertiary healthcare settings (hospitals) who directly cared for patients with severe viral disease during an outbreak.
Exclusion criteria: Student nurses, Apprentice nurses, midwives, other healthcare professionals or nurses working in hospitals but did not directly care for patients with severe viral disease during an outbreak or working in primary healthcare settings or community settings.
Over the past 18 years, there have been four major influenza outbreaks across the globe. These outbreaks which include SARS, Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), Swine Flu (H1N1) and currently SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) have had their toll on the nursing workforce however, quantitative, qualitative and mixed-methods articles have not yet been systematically reviewed.
Exposures: nurses involved with direct care of patients with severe viral disease.
Main Outcome: The impact of the experiences on nurses' wellbeing; professional identity; carer intentions; patient care; multidisciplinary collaborative work and their reported coping strategies.
Context: Articles on hospital settings from all countries in the world published in English.