What is it about?

We examined the multidimensionality of nursing students' anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic. This concept remains understudied among nursing students, specifically Saudi nursing students. This study investigated the state of anxiety of nursing students using the COVID-19 anxiety scale (CAS), COVID-19 anxiety syndrome scale (COVID-19ASS), and short health anxiety inventory (SHAI) instruments. Also, this study examined the differences in the nature of nursing students' anxiety state whether it's COVID-19 anxiety, an anxiety syndrome, or health anxiety when grouped according to their profile variables.

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Why is it important?

Our study extended the understanding of the multidimensionality of anxiety. We discovered that nursing students experience anxiety symptoms and react differently. Anxiety is specific to COVID-19 or a set of similar anxiety symptoms. Further research is needed to explore the anxiety state of nursing students during the pandemic.


As anxiety is a multidimensional construct, understanding anxiety in nursing students will establish an early identification of sources and manifestations of a specific type of anxiety. Therefore, nursing students can use congruent coping mechanisms and self-management techniques to mitigate the negative effects of anxiety. As nursing students practice as professionals, whether in the presence or absence of a pandemic, they can provide quality care while maintaining their psychological well-being and integrity.

Dr. Daniel Joseph E. Berdida
University of Santo Tomas

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This page is a summary of: The multidimensionality of anxiety among nursing students during COVID‐19 pandemic: A cross‐sectional study, Nursing Forum, November 2021, Wiley,
DOI: 10.1111/nuf.12675.
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