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Keywords

anxiety, COVID-19, faith, IES-R, nursing education, nursing students, pandemic, PTSD, spirituality, stress

 

Authors

  1. Joseph, Rachel A.
  2. Turner, Tracey
  3. Lee, Chansoon
  4. Akers, Shanna W.
  5. Whorley, Elizabeth
  6. Goodrich, Cindy

Abstract

ABSTRACT: The COVID-19 pandemic rapidly transformed nursing education, creating multiple stressors for students. The researchers in this study examined how undergraduate and graduate nursing students at a faith-based university perceived the impact of COVID-19. A multiple linear regression model explored the effect of 17 variables on the Impact of Events Scale-Revised (IES-R) scores. Anxiety level, quality of sleep, and perceived health demonstrated a statistically significant influence on IES-R scores; 27% of students had IES-R scores above 33, indicating high risk for posttraumatic stress disorder. Strategies to help address student stress and anxiety are discussed.