What is it about?

The COVID-19 pandemic caused an unprecedented negative impact on the usual way of life. The fight against this fatal virus demands the united force of healthcare workers, including nurse interns (NIs). Therefore, being unprepared for a crisis of this magnitude which never happened in a century, nurses and NIs experience stress, trauma, and mental health issues that affect their quality of life (QoL).

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Why is it important?

The QoL of the NIs focused more on their psychological wellbeing and social relationships while the environmental and physical domains had lesser emphasis. In terms of enhancing specificity, comprehensiveness, and generalizability of future studies in QoL, a larger sample and more rigorous design is recommended.


In more ways than one, the COVID-19 pandemic changed the working climate of NIs and other healthcare professionals. NIs evaluated their QoL differently in each of the four domains. Among the four domains, their psychological domain was considered the most significant, followed by their social relationship. The environmental and physical domains, respectively, gained less attention within the four domains.

Dr. Daniel Joseph E. Berdida
University of Santo Tomas

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This page is a summary of: Quality of life of nursing internship students in Saudi Arabia during the COVID-19 pandemic: A cross-sectional study, International Journal of Africa Nursing Sciences, January 2021, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijans.2021.100301.
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