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This study aims to explore how a changed COVID-19 work environment influences nurses' clinical decision-making. Data were collected via three focus groups totaling 14 nurses working in COVID-19 pandemic wards at a Danish university hospital. The factors influencing decision-making are described in three themes; navigating in a COVID-19 dominated context, recognizing the importance of collegial fellowship, and the complexities of feeling competent. A strong joint commitment among the nurses to manage critical situations fostered a culture of knowledge-sharing and drawing on colleagues' competencies in clinical decision-making. It is important for nurse leaders to consider multiple factors when preparing nurses not only to work in changing work environments, but also when nurses are asked to work in environments and specialties that deviate from their usual routines.

Original languageEnglish
Article number23333936221109876
JournalGlobal Qualitative Nursing Research
Publication statusPublished - 2022

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  • COVID-19
  • Denmark
  • clinical decision-making
  • hospital
  • nursing
  • pandemic
  • work environment


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