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How Does COVID-19 Pandemic Influence the Sense of Belonging and Decision-Making Process of Nursing Students: The Study of Nursing Students’ Experiences

Woosong Language Institute, Woosong University, Daejeon 34514, Korea
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(15), 5603; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17155603
Received: 29 June 2020 / Revised: 30 July 2020 / Accepted: 1 August 2020 / Published: 3 August 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Survey about Psychological Health)
Financial consideration, internal and external influence, personal goal, and educational achievement always influence the decision-making process and behavior of individuals. Using nursing students as the population, the researcher employed the Social Cognitive Career Theory as the theoretical framework to examine the nursing human resources shortages and how would the COVID-19 pandemic influence the experiences, sense of belonging, and career decision-making process of 58 nursing students in South Korea. The researcher categorized the sharing into two groups, which were before the influence of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the changes during the COVID-19 pandemic. The results indicated that financial consideration was the significant reason why South Korean nursing students decided to study nursing regardless of the COVID-19 pandemic. More importantly, almost all participants decided to leave the nursing profession due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the consideration between financial factor and personal sacrifice. The outcomes of this study provided a blueprint for human resources professionals, government leaders, policymakers, school leaders, and hospital managers to reform their current curriculum and human resources planning to overcome the potential human resources gaps in the soon future due to the COVID-19 pandemic. View Full-Text
Keywords: COVID-19 pandemic; nursing human resources; nursing shortages; nursing workforce; Social Cognitive Career Theory COVID-19 pandemic; nursing human resources; nursing shortages; nursing workforce; Social Cognitive Career Theory
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Dos Santos, L.M. How Does COVID-19 Pandemic Influence the Sense of Belonging and Decision-Making Process of Nursing Students: The Study of Nursing Students’ Experiences. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 5603. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17155603

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Dos Santos LM. How Does COVID-19 Pandemic Influence the Sense of Belonging and Decision-Making Process of Nursing Students: The Study of Nursing Students’ Experiences. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(15):5603. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17155603

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Dos Santos, Luis M. 2020. "How Does COVID-19 Pandemic Influence the Sense of Belonging and Decision-Making Process of Nursing Students: The Study of Nursing Students’ Experiences" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 15: 5603. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17155603

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