Impact of Resilience on Nursing Students’ Perceptions of Stress, Anxiety, and Fear Associated with COVID-19 Pandemic



The COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly impacted all facets of nursing education and healthcare globally. The COVID-19 pandemic has been stressful for nursing students as there were disruptions in nursing education such as a sudden switch from offline to online classes and missed clinical opportunities. These stressful situations may have a detrimental effect on the mental well-being of nursing students due to anxiety, fear, and poor knowledge about COVID-19. 

Mental health issues stemming from the pandemic have become increasingly critical in the new era of healthcare. A recent systematic review and meta-analysis found that during the COVID-19 pandemic, student nurses were more likely to suffer from depression (52%), stress (30%), fear (41%), anxiety (32), and sleep disturbances (27%). Fear is described as an unpleasant mental state produced by the perception of danger in situations of a COVID-19 pandemic. In a study conducted among nursing students during the SARS outbreak in Hong Kong, nursing students perceived themselves at high risk of infection. Therefore, cultivating psychological resilience becomes paramount for nursing students to navigate such distressing circumstances and develop internal control, empathy, positive self-concept, organization, and optimism in their daily challenges.

Resilience is defined as the ability to overcome adversity and cope effectively with problems faced, which also includes how one learns to develop stronger flexibility from situations encountered..
While most of the studies on COVID-19 in India have focused on examining knowledge and academic concerns and on nursing education. Although few studies have examined the quality of life of nursing students in India, but little is known about how resilience affects stress, fear, and anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic. The purpose of this study was to investigate the impact of resilience on stress, anxiety, and fear of COVID-19 among the nursing students.

The finding from this article suggest that the nursing students had a normal level of resilience. While students perceived that their level of stress was low, more than or half of the students had a high level of fear and anxiety about acquiring coronavirus infection. Nonetheless, students’ resilience level was inversely correlated with fear and stress associated with COVID-19 pandemic. Hence, nurse educators need to develop and implement innovative strategies to promote students’ resilience and improve their mental well-being during highly stressful situations.


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