Learning to care in unprecedented times: the impact of COVID-19 on nursing education

Grant number: COV19\201055

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Key facts

  • Disease

  • Known Financial Commitments (USD)

  • Funder

    British Academy
  • Principle Investigator

  • Research Location

    United Kingdom, Europe
  • Lead Research Institution

    Manchester Metropolitan University, Sociology
  • Research Category

    Secondary impacts of disease, response & control measures

  • Research Subcategory

    Social impacts

  • Special Interest Tags


  • Study Subject


  • Clinical Trial Details


  • Broad Policy Alignment


  • Age Group

    Adults (18 and older)

  • Vulnerable Population


  • Occupations of Interest



Even before the COVID-19 outbreak, there was a crisis in the healthcare workforce, with 40,000 unfilled nursing vacancies. This case study of a group of final year pre-registration nursing students aims to assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on this group in the midst of the emergency and the immediate aftermath, and the wider repercussions for nursing education. It will explore the students' experiences of the pandemic and inform any immediate support they may require. The project will document the short-term graduate outcomes for this cohort and their 'imagined futures', exploring the role of class, gender and 'race' in shaping their educational trajectories. In doing so it will offer vital sociological insights into the impact of the pandemic on nursing education, the support that this cohort and future nursing students may require, and the implications for addressing the workforce shortage.