Table 1.

Illustrative quotations for ‘Giving’ theme

SubthemeQuotation
Moral duty‘I felt like I had to do something to help in the middle of a crisis. I felt like I couldn't sit at home with skills that could be used to help’
‘I wanted to help and be useful during the COVID pandemic’
Assisting allied health professionals‘Varied role – started off helping wherever needed: jobs rounds, bloods, feeding etc. Did some 1:1 nursing with patients at the end of their life’
Free time‘I didn't want to sit at home twiddling my thumbs’
Separation from family‘Being separated from family when we suffered a bereavement of our own’
Patient and family support‘Knowing that these patients were separated from family and being the person sat by the bedside holding their hand in their last moments’