What is it about?

The study explored the impact of the switch to virtual learning on nursing students during COVID-19, highlighting their expectations, experiences, and challenges. Using interviews with students from a Ghanaian university, it identified six themes, ranging from initial reactions and expectations to challenges and prospects of virtual learning. It concludes that adequate support and resources are essential for effective virtual nursing education.

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Why is it important?

The study is unique as it captures real-time responses to the abrupt transition to virtual learning among nursing students during COVID-19, offering insights for improving virtual education platforms and support systems, potentially shaping future educational strategies in healthcare education.


Delving into the experiences of nursing students with virtual learning during COVID-19 was enlightening. The shift to virtual learning platform was a significant one, especially in such a hands-on field. This research not only hightlighted the current educational challenges but also paved the way for enhancing virtual learning platforms. It's my hope that these findings contribute to a more resilient and adaptive educational system for healthcare professionals, making the journey of learning during similar pandemics less daunting for future students.

Jerry Armah

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This page is a summary of: Expectations, experiences and challenges of nursing students using the virtual learning medium during the COVID-19 pandemic: A descriptive phenomenological study, PLoS ONE, March 2024, PLOS,
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0299967.
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