International nurse education leaders’ experiences of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic: a qualitative study

Robin Ion, Alison Craswell, Lynda Hughes, Amy Johnston, Lynn Kilbride, Natasha Hubbard-Murdoch, Debra Massey

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Abstract

Aims To explore the experiences of strategic leads for nurse education as they sought to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. 
Design We utilised a qualitative interpretative approach to explore education leaders’ experiences of leading during the early months of the pandemic. 
Methods Nineteen leaders with significant strategic responsibility for nurse education in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Singapore and the United Kingdom were identified via purposive sampling and agreed to participate. Interviews were held between May and July 2020. 
Results Four overarching themes arose from the analysis: 1) Crisis driven adaptability & flexibility; 2) Responsive, complex and changing communication; 3) Making decisions for student and staff safety; 4) Looking to the future; stronger partnerships. 
Conclusion Internationally, while nursing education leaders faced different problems, they shared a common goal amidst the crisis to remain student-centred. They demonstrated they were able to face major challenges, respond to large scale logistical problems and make decisions under significant and ongoing pressure. 
Impact In responding to the pandemic, nurse leaders shared knowledge and offered mutual support. This bodes well for future collaboration. The move to online learning accelerated an existing trend and it seems likely that this will continue. Given the pressures they experienced over an extended period, the sector may wish to consider how it prepares and supports existing and future leaders.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3797-3805
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Advanced Nursing
Volume77
Issue number9
Early online date9 Jun 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Sep 2021

Keywords

  • leadership
  • learning
  • education
  • pandemic
  • COVID-19

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