The Art of Nursing Becomes a Celebration of Nurses

Tracey Motter, DNP, MSN, RN; David Hassler, MFA; Mary K. Anthony, PhD, RN


Online J Issues Nurs. 2021;26(2) 

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The Art of Nursing and the COVID-19 Pandemic

During the COVID-19 outbreak when patients were critically ill and the disease and treatments defied the boundaries of available science, nurses orchestrated the art of nursing to provide quality care. When family support was prohibited, nurses understood patients' needs for the comfort of human connections. They were proactive in providing and facilitating communication with families. They wrote inspirational messages on hospital room windows and ensured that families could communicate with loved ones using technology. In final moments, nurses, as surrogate family members, held patients' hands; they cried with and consoled families (Levitz & Berger, 2020). Capturing the meaning of these indescribable experiences, common in nursing practice, may be best expressed by a medium that captures the essence of their practice.