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    Severe loneliness and isolation in nursing students during Covid-19 lockdown: a phenomenological study

    Zhu, Pingting, Wang, Wen, Qian, Meiyan, Shi, Guanghui, Zhang, Qianqian, Xu, Ting, Xu, Huiwen, Zhang, Hui, Gu, Xinyue, Ding, Yinwen, Lee, Amanda ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1378-3123 and Hayter, Mark ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2537-8355 (2024) Severe loneliness and isolation in nursing students during Covid-19 lockdown: a phenomenological study. Healthcare, 12 (1). 19. ISSN 2227-9032

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    Abstract

    In 2022, COVID-19 continued to spread across the globe, and to stop the spread of the virus and protect people’s health, universities across China continued to remain in a lockdown state. Loneliness is an important topic among college students, and the coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated loneliness. This prolonged school lockdown was unprecedented and it caused severe social isolation and emotional loneliness for students. Few people know how nursing students experience loneliness and find a way through their experience. This qualitative phenomenological study was conducted to reveal the lived experiences of nursing students who indicated COVID-19 lockdown-related loneliness in a previous quantitative survey. We performed 20 semi-structured interviews with nursing students aged 19–23 yrs during their lockdown (April 2022 to June 2022). Our research applied Colaizzi’s seven-step data analysis processes to reveal shared patterns in terms of how nursing students experienced lockdown and found the following four themes: emotional challenges associated with loneliness; causes of loneliness; positive and negative motivation to learn; and accepting solitude and reconstructing real life.

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