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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 24th, 2021

Challenges and opportunities in times of pandemic

Yes, I agree. Covid-19 pandemic cut short our practicum and clinical experience. My med-surg clinical rotation was mid-way when suspended. Next semester clinicals were really short around 4 to 6 wks. instead of semester long. Classes went virtual, no longer we had the leisure of having a unlimited communication time with our instructors and classmates. Motivation that was derived from seeing my classmates studying in library was gone.

Listening to the stories and news of frontline health workers bravely fighting the pandemic, made me question my self, should I just be within the four walls of my…

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March 24th, 2021

It Takes a Village - Nursing School

Since the beginning of the pandemic that has now fallen to over a year ago, it has taken some time to successfully adapt to the challenges faced between both students & faculty. I will first & foremost say although I may not be in the classroom with my fellow students the communication between my cohort never ended.

Whether we needed to vent, study in groups, or just talk about our week there was always someone willing to lend an ear for some time. Challenges in communication between the University & Students have occurred; understandable given the…

Tags: A great team, Communication, Managing stress, Nursing colleagues

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March 24th, 2021

Remember Your Mission

I graduated quite a few years ago. I work on a very busy med/surg unit and provide support as a charge nurse and preceptor. Bedside nursing is challenging on multiple levels- mental, physical and emotional. Coping mechanisms that I have developed over the years and have gotten me through this particular crisis include reaffirming my deep commitment to bedside nursing, acknowledging that change is inherent to nursing and remaining flexible, relying on my coworkers for help and support, and maintaining a work/life balance that I have found to work for me. Self care and compassion are big topics today in…

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March 23rd, 2021

Student Nurse

Before entering nursing school, I worked as a case manager for individuals with disabilities. The pandemic was especially hard for those I supported. With the quick, and at times hectic, transition from house visits to video call visits, I learned a lot about resilience. Feeling completely wiped out at the end of a workday was not normal for me before the pandemic. I learned that I could not pour from an empty cup. If I am unable to do things for myself to ensure my well-being, I cannot give my all to others. I learned when and how to give…

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March 23rd, 2021

Resilience in Nursing School

Although, the pandamic has been a major problem, I have found a way to manage as a student. One thing I have learned in life is that one must learn how to adjust to situations that are beyond their control. This applies in nursing and other areas of life. When the pandamic first happen and I had to stay home and not be in a classroom setting it was hard. After a while I learned to used the time that I would be commuting from my home (which is about 40 mins away) to studying and learning. I am glad…

Tags: Resilient

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