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Experiences of Nursing Students during the Abrupt Change from Face-to-Face to e-Learning Education during the First Month of Confinement Due to COVID-19 in Spain

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Faculty of Nursing, University of Murcia, 30100 Murcia, Spain
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Physical Activity and Sports Sciences, Faculty of Education, Pontifical University of Salamanca, Street Henry Collet, 52-70, 37007 Salamanca, Spain
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(15), 5519; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17155519
Received: 4 July 2020 / Revised: 25 July 2020 / Accepted: 29 July 2020 / Published: 30 July 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Nursing and Society)
The current state of alarm due to the COVID-19 pandemic has led to the urgent change in the education of nursing students from traditional to distance learning. The objective of this study was to discover the learning experiences and the expectations about the changes in education, in light of the abrupt change from face-to-face to e-learning education, of nursing students enrolled in the Bachelor’s and Master’s degree of two public Spanish universities during the first month of confinement due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Qualitative study was conducted during the first month of the state of alarm in Spain (from 25 March–20 April 2020). Semi-structured interviews were given to students enrolled in every academic year of the Nursing Degree, and nurses who were enrolled in the Master’s programs at two public universities. A maximum variation sampling was performed, and an inductive thematic analysis was conducted. The study was reported according with COREQ checklist. Thirty-two students aged from 18 to 50 years old participated in the study. The interviews lasted from 17 to 51 min. Six major themes were defined: (1) practicing care; (2) uncertainty; (3) time; (4) teaching methodologies; (5) context of confinement and added difficulties; (6) face-to-face win. The imposition of e-learning sets limitations for older students, those who live in rural areas, with work and family responsibilities and with limited electronic resources. Online education goes beyond a continuation of the face-to-face classes. Work should be done about this for the next academic year as we face an uncertain future in the short-term control of COVID-19. View Full-Text
Keywords: COVID-19; pandemics; students; nursing; teaching; education; distance; schools; Life Changing Events; qualitative research COVID-19; pandemics; students; nursing; teaching; education; distance; schools; Life Changing Events; qualitative research
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Ramos-Morcillo, A.J.; Leal-Costa, C.; Moral-García, J.E.; Ruzafa-Martínez, M. Experiences of Nursing Students during the Abrupt Change from Face-to-Face to e-Learning Education during the First Month of Confinement Due to COVID-19 in Spain. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 5519. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17155519

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Ramos-Morcillo AJ, Leal-Costa C, Moral-García JE, Ruzafa-Martínez M. Experiences of Nursing Students during the Abrupt Change from Face-to-Face to e-Learning Education during the First Month of Confinement Due to COVID-19 in Spain. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(15):5519. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17155519

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Ramos-Morcillo, Antonio J., César Leal-Costa, José E. Moral-García, and María Ruzafa-Martínez. 2020. "Experiences of Nursing Students during the Abrupt Change from Face-to-Face to e-Learning Education during the First Month of Confinement Due to COVID-19 in Spain" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 15: 5519. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17155519

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