NURSING PROCESS to Survive Nursing School During COVID-19
By Lauren Spraggins
Dean of Nursing
Perseverance: Applying the NURSING PROCESS to Survive Nursing School During COVID-19
The last two years have been very bizarre, to say the least!!! So many questions. So much ambiguity. And so many unanswered questions. How do we care for people during a pandemic? How do we learn online? How do we practice social distancing with the patient in Room 112 who needs CPR? Do I get the COVID-19 vaccinations? What do I do?? Nursing students across the United States have pondered with these questions as they entered nursing programs during COVID-19. Those who took a leap of faith and entered nursing programs, were determined to serve the community and stand on the front lines. In the nursing profession, we use ADPIE (Assess, Diagnose, Plan, Implement, Evaluate), a useful framework for patient care. Educators must guard the mental health of the nursing students. To maintain good mental hygiene students can apply ADPIE to nursing school and their daily lives.
The Nursing Process (ADPIE) for NURSING STUDENTS
A-Assess- Weigh all options. Pros vs cons. Benefits vs Risks. Wants vs Desires.
D-Decide- Making the best decision to support your dreams, goals, and aspirations. Sometimes you will have to say no. Sometimes you will have to be selfish. Dedicate your time to what is most important. The sacrifice required during nursing school will be rewarding in the end!
P-Plan- Setting realistic goals. Set short- and long-term goals. Identify your support system. Where do you see yourself in 2 year, 5 years, etc.
I-Implement- Execute the plan and remain motivated. Tackle any obstacles with optimism.
E-Evaluate- Remember your why! Review your goals and adjust as needed to fulfill your purpose!
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