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academic success, COVID-19, distance learning, nursing students, student confidence



  1. Gaffney, Mary K. EdD, RN
  2. Chargualaf, Katie A. PhD, RN, CMSRN
  3. Ghosh, Santu PhD


Background: In spring 2020, the novel coronavirus prompted a sudden shift in nursing education. This study evaluated students' perceptions of their ability to adjust to these challenges.


Methods: A cross-sectional survey of students (n = 286) in BSN programs throughout the United States was conducted via email to examine 3 areas of student confidence (academic success, NCLEX-RN success, and patient care delivery) and to determine how these were affected by the abrupt transition to remote learning.


Results: Variables, including alignment of remote instruction styles with learning styles, ease of transition to distance learning, and educating children at home, were significantly associated with students' confidence in their ability to be successful academically, on NCLEX-RN, and in patient care.


Conclusions: With potential for ongoing challenges due to the coronavirus, faculty need to identify and support students at greater risk of experiencing difficulties and threats to success, thereby preventing attrition and ensuring preparation of a diverse workforce.