College of Health Professions

Date of Last Revision

2023-05-05 06:29:43



Honors Course


Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2022


In the early spring of 2020, the United States began to experience the effects of the question-inspiring, novel COVID-19 viral illness, with the onset of massive business, school, and entertainment closures, initiating a shift towards virtual learning, communication, and professional interactions. This paper is intended to identify the common experiences of two nursing students throughout the COVID-19 pandemic by utilizing a personal narrative, or autoethnographic approach, coupled with reviews of previously published literature relating to shared themes of the authors, including the rapid changes to an online environment from traditional classroom settings, the stressors that were experienced as a result of that alteration, and the personal development and growth which accompanied the transitions of this time period. Noting an increased resilience to rapid, unexpected changes affecting daily life, as well as enhanced knowledge of self-motivation and organization, the authors have experienced a number of constructive takeaways that will likely be implemented in the many years ahead. While the COVID-19 pandemic led to a variety of uncomfortable and detrimental outcomes and an array of losses which will not be forgotten, positive consequences can still be observed, leading to an improved future.

Research Sponsor

Michele Zelko, DNR, RNC-OB

First Reader

Lisa Foster, MSN, BSN

Second Reader

Diane Lorenzen, MSN, RN-BC, CPN

Honors Faculty Advisor

Christine Graor, PhD, MSN, BSN



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