Prelicensure Nursing Students’ Reflections on Institutional Response to the 2020 COVID-19 Crisis

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


The study aimed to describe how prelicensure student nurses perceive academic support and their institutions’ response during the 2020 COVID-19 crisis. The shift to online learning caused by the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted every aspect of higher education, including pre-licensure nursing students. Prelicensure nursing education is one of the most stressful programs in higher education. In a period of great uncertainty, it becomes essential to explore how prelicensure nursing students perceive academic support from their institutions. A qualitative descriptive design was employed for the study. Thematic analysis was used to analyze data obtained from 16 semi-structured interviews. Six themes resulted from the data: Disorganization leading to chaos; technology and technical challenges; stress and frustration; am I prepared to be a nurse?; not having money; mental health matters. This study validates the experiences of nursing students. Students’ obstacles during the pandemic should be identified and mitigated to promote learning and academic success.

Original languageEnglish
JournalGlobal Qualitative Nursing Research
StatePublished - 2022


  • COVID-19 pandemic
  • Northeastern USA
  • academic support
  • higher education
  • online learning
  • prelicensure student nurses


Dive into the research topics of 'Prelicensure Nursing Students’ Reflections on Institutional Response to the 2020 COVID-19 Crisis'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this