We are not heroes—The flipside of the hero narrative amidst the COVID19‐pandemic: A Danish hospital ethnography

The aim of this paper was to explore how the media and socially established hero narrative, affected the nursing staff who worked in the frontline during the first round of the COVID19‐pandemic.
During the COVID19‐pandemic, both media, politicians and the public have supported and cheered on the frontline healthcare workers around the world.
We have found the hero narrative to be potentially problematic for both nurses and other healthcare workers.
This paper presents an analysis and discussion of the consequences of being proclaimed a hero.

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