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Nursing Care in Times of Epidemics and Pandemics – Historical and Ethical Issues

Applauded as “silent heroes” on balconies at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, nurses in various European countries spoke out as the pandemic progressed to highlight their precarious working conditions and their importance in combating the pandemic. A number of nursing ethics problems arose from the lack of sufficiently qualified nursing staff in intensive care, the lack of material equipment in hospitals and the inadequate working conditions in long-term care: How can a fair distribution of resources be ensured under pandemic conditions? How do nursing professionals deal with the fact that they were unable to meet the demands for professional and, in this sense, good nursing care? (The keywords “missed nursing care” and “moral distress” may be mentioned here.) How can nursing care do justice to vulnerable and elderly people under pandemic conditions (and, in the future, also in the event of epidemically occurring, dangerous infectious diseases), when their liberties must be restricted for their own protection? The fourth issue of the European Journal for Nursing History and Ethics focusses on how nurses have dealt with epidemics and endemic diseases in specific – historical as well as current – political and social settings.

Photo: Federica, Milan, Italy 2020. © European Association for Nursing History: http://eahn.net/federica-milano-italy/

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  1. Jan 2023

    Editorial – Nursing Care in Times of Epidemics and Pandemics. Historical and Ethical Issues
themed section
  1. Jan 2023

    “…I was thinking, when doing this scrubbing, of Miss Florence Nightingale’s barracks…”: A Local Typhoid Epidemic in the Correspondence between a Bulgarian and an American Nurse in 1932 (Nevena Sendova and Clara Noyes)
  2. Jan 2023

    Nurses from Here – Epidemics from There. The Encounter between Nurses from Eretz Israel and Holocaust Survivors Abroad, in an Effort to Eradicate Epidemics and Morbidity 1945–1948
  3. Jan 2023

    “COVIDwear” and Health Care Workers. How Has the New Materiality of Clothing Affected Care Practices?
  4. Oct 2023

    Uncertainties and Coping Strategies among Nurses During the First Wave of Covid-19 in Germany – Nursing Students’ Use of Diary Entries to Document their Experiences during the First Wave of Infections in the Covid-19 Pandemic
  5. Jan 2023

    Too Close for Comfort? The Social Health of Geriatric Nurses During the COVID-19 Pandemic in Germany
open section
  1. Jan 2023

    Historiographic and Biographic Accounts of Danish Deaconesses Serving in the Faroe Islands 1897–1948

European Journal for Nursing
History and Ethics (ENHE)

Official Publication of the
European Association for
the History of Nursing

ISSN 2628-4375