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Undergraduate Nursing Students’ Experiences of Attending Online Classes During the COVID-19 Pandemic

 College of Nursing, NIMHANS, Bangalore, India

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Priya Baby,
College of Nursing , NIMHANS, Bangalore
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DOI: 10.4103/EHP.EHP_25_22

Introduction: Nursing education is based on experiential learning. This study aimed to understand undergraduate nursing students’ perceptions and experiences of online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional survey was conducted among undergraduate nursing students using a questionnaire that was developed for the study. Results: Majority of the students (72.5%) agreed that the learning experience through online classes met their expectations. However, 73.3% opined that they prefer traditional face-to-face classes over online classes. On a scale of 0–10, the mean score for the effectiveness of learning practical procedures through online sessions was 4.7 (S.D 2.3). The most important challenge faced by the students included connectivity issues and fear of the negative impact of online classes on health. Conclusion: Even though online classes were a viable option during the COVID-19 pandemic, undergraduate nursing students prefer traditional in-person education to the online mode of learning.

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