Nursing students’clinical practices during the COVID‐19 pandemic: Fear of COVID‐19 and anxiety levels


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GEZGİN YAZICI H. , ÖKTEN Ç.

Nursing Forum, 2021 (Refereed Journals of Other Institutions) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/nuf.12680
  • Title of Journal : Nursing Forum

Abstract

Abstract

Background

With the normalization process during the COVID-19 pandemic, senior nursing students who receive applied nursing courses in Turkey shifted to face-to-face education. Clinical practices during the pandemic caused nursing students to experience fear and anxiety.

Purpose

This study examines senior nursing students’ fear and anxiety levels regarding clinical practices during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Methods

The researchers of this descriptive and cross-sectional study tried to reach the entire population, and the study was completed with 124 students who agreed to participate in the study. The data were collected using a 12-question personal information form, the 21-question Beck Anxiety Inventory, and the 7-question Fear of COVID-19 Scale on Google Forms.

Results

The participants’ mean Fear of COVID-19 Scale score was 20.00 ± 7.71 (medium level). Their mean Beck Anxiety Inventory score was 14.23 ± 15.44 (mild anxiety). A positive relationship was found between fear of COVID-19 and anxiety.

Conclusions

The nursing students had a mild level of anxiety and a moderate level of fear of COVID-19 during their clinical practices