Educational Preparation and Coping Strategies of Nurses in Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic: A Pilot Study

International Journal of Nursing and Health Science
© 2022 by SSRG - IJNHS Journal
Volume 8 Issue 1
Year of Publication : 2022
Authors : Susan Braud, Sara Hallowell
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Susan Braud, Sara Hallowell, "Educational Preparation and Coping Strategies of Nurses in Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic: A Pilot Study," SSRG International Journal of Nursing and Health Science, vol. 8,  no. 1, pp. 1-6, 2022. Crossref,


The purpose of this study was to determine if the current curriculum of an undergraduate nursing program addressed coping strategies to prevent moral distress during the Covid-19 pandemic. The pandemic resulted in increased mental stress and burnout for nurses, which can lead to unhealthy work environments. Learning how to combat stress and build resilience should become part of the nursing curriculum to support students as they enter the profession. A non-probability convenience sampling was used for this pilot study which relied on participants to complete a survey, which included a questionnaire developed by the researchers and the Trauma Coping Self-Efficacy Scale (CSE-T). 170 surveys were sent to nursing alumni that included two questionnaires that focused on their perceptions of coping strategies taught in their undergraduate program. The CSE-T focused on their perceptions of being able to cope with stress and burnout during the pandemic. Descriptive statistics were used to describe responses (n=20) to the closed-ended questions and analyzed using content analysis. Three themes emerged during the analysis of the participant's responses: simulation, self-wellness, and fear of the unknown. These results indicate that there is a need to improve nursing curricula to incorporate resiliency training and coping strategies.


Coping Strategy, Resiliency, Mental Stress, Undergraduate Nursing Education, COVID-19, Healthy work environment.


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