Reflection: the influence of the COVID-19 pandemic on nursing and nursing education

  • Joan Esterhuizen


So much is changed by the COVID-19 pandemic that is sweeping through the world; seemingly unstoppable by modern and traditional medicine. In the midst of such an invisible foe, all must change – not only for the sake of survival, but also for the sake of continuation of the human race. Nurses as an essential part of the healthcare team are at the forefront of such change. To meet the challenges of the time, we must change our nursing practice, our nursing habits and our teaching methods. In this letter I attempt to share with you my experiences of being a nurse educator during the COVID-19 pandemic and my thoughts about the changes necessitated by it.

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