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The pandemic has wrought incredible stress on nurses. We want to learn from you how nursing schools and nurse residency programs can better prepare nurses in the future.

As a nursing student: What strategies for resilience got you through the pandemic? How do you expect them to help you as a nurse? What do you believe is the most valuable and usable skill/practice/method/ you have learned?

As a nurse: What lessons from nursing school served you best during this healthcare crisis? What gaps exist from the challenges you faced versus what you learned in nursing school?

As an educator: What are the life/work lessons of resilience you feel are most important to share with your students/new nurses? How do you do that? What do you think are the gaps between what you teach and what nurses need to face the challenges they will confront?

 

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March 26th, 2021

Nursing student

Converting from classroom to totally online has been the most difficult thing for me having four kids and my classes almost got me depressed. But I have to bring myself to adjust to the changes. Prayers and positive affirmative keep me going and is still keeping me.

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March 24th, 2021

First Semester Nursing Student in a Pandemic

I think we can all agree that nursing school is not for the faint of heart, and the pandemic adds additional challenges to overcome. Personally, my family fuels my resilience and pushes me through the challenges I face during the pandemic. Their support motivates me to study and work hard to become the best nurse. When I am a nurse, my family will continue to motivate me to care for and comfort my patients and their families. I believe the most valuable and usable skill I've learned so far in nursing school is how to communicate and develop a relationship…

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March 24th, 2021

Student's Perspective

This time last year when the Pandemic started, I had the opportunity of leading 150 Sailors, Officers, and civilian healthcare workers in the Emergency Department of one of the Navy’s only trauma center’s. What worked for our teams was EVERYONE FELT HEARD, constant FEEDBACK WAS GIVEN/TAKEN, and there was a BALANCE as the tasks/assignments stacked up, every member of the team knew each other well enough to know when we had to lighten up or could press on. This worked in ensuring there were no cracks in our resiliency as individuals or as cohesive team on the floor that would…

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March 24th, 2021

Resilience in COVID-19

As a nursing student, studying and attending classes from home can be difficult. These days I have gotten so used to the idea of been at home that I struggle to go to the library to study. Honestly, although I have and know the strategies to build my resilience in this trying times, I still struggle with keeping to it. However, one of the strategies that got me through the pandemic was to adjust my thought process. It can be difficult to maintain an optimistic outlook during this times when everybody feels uncertain but thinking positively helps build hope that…

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March 24th, 2021

Family Support and venting

More than anything, support from my family has helped me the most. As a 1st semester nursing student who happened to experience some non-Covid related health problems about 6 months ago, having a supportive family to help me get through those surgeries and get through my pre-nursing education saved me. I think it is easy for some individuals to focus mainly on how Covid-19 has made their life inconvenient. However, some individuals have lost family members and friends, and some individuals with chronic conditions or emergent accidents have experienced more difficulty accessing care now due to overcrowded ICUs filled with…

Tags: Family support, Managing stress, Nature, Respite, Self-care

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