First confirmed case of novel coronavirus in Australia.
- Khan M.U.
- Shah S.
- Ahmad A.
- Fatokun O.
- Al-Dorzi H.M.
- Aldawood A.S.
- Khan R.
- Baharoon S.
- Alchin J.D.
- Matroud A.A.
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- Johnson S.S.
- Barranta N.
- Chertow D.
2.1 Study design
2.2 Setting and population
- Michie S.
- van Stralen M.M.
- West R.
2.4 Data collection and analysis
2.5 Human research ethics
|Sample characteristics||n (%)|
|Current state or territory of work|
|Australian Capital Territory||6 (3.8)|
|New South Wales||33 (21.0)|
|Northern Territory||3 (1.9)|
|South Australia||3 (1.9)|
|Western Australia||24 (15.3)|
|Currently working outside Australia||4 (2.5)|
|Country of residency|
|New Zealand||0 (0)|
|Other countries||4 (2.5)|
|Member of the COVID-19 planning and response committee|
|Not a member of a committee||89 (65.4)|
|At the unit level||37 (27.2)|
|At the hospital level||14 (10.3)|
|At the health district level||1 (0.7)|
|At the state level||8 (5.9)|
|At the national level||7 (5.1)|
|At the international level||1 (0.7)|
|Mean (SD)||Range (years)||Median|
|Years of professional work||17.9 (12.5)||1–66||15|
3.1 Knowledge of SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19
3.2 Preparedness for the COVID-19 outbreak
3.3 Experiences of working during the COVID-19 outbreak
“PPE is a major factor. We have very limited supplies of N95 masks that actually pass a fit check. We have plenty of Chinese made masks that will not pass a fit check.” (Participant 57)
The continuous change in what kind of PPE to wear when providing care for COVID-19 suspected or confirmed patients, without providing feedback on whether what we were wearing was actually providing us coverage and giving us added stress about being exposed because of the changing PPE rules. (Participant 166)
“The sheer workload involved in testing, isolating, caring for and transferring every person who was swabbed (who are overwhelmingly COVID-19 negative) adds to the stressful nature of my work and adds many additional steps and tasks to every nursing action … We have been running on anxiety and fear for the past three months and we're exhausted and burned out.” (Participant 129)
“The mixed or unclear messages and inconsistencies given by management.” (Participant 48)
“The lack of preparedness, slow response and lack of timely communication of management strategies while often completely ignoring the concerns raised by clinical staff”. (Participant 131)
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- Austin D.E.
- Chamberlain D.
- Chapple L.-A.S.
- Cree M.
- Fetterplace K.
- et al.
CRediT authorship contribution statement
Conflict of interest
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