Student nurses have played a huge role in the response to COVID-19, with many entering the workplace earlier than anticipated to support the pandemic response. This new research will highlight how their educational experiences have prepared them for the challenges they have faced. The results will then be used to inform the way nursing education is delivered in future.

The research team is now recruiting a sample of student nurses from across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Participants will complete a short survey and record a series of audio diaries detailing their day to day experiences. The research team will then conduct in-depth interviews with each student nurse.

Dr Cathy Henshall, one of the Oxford Health researchers working on the project says  “Learning from the experiences of student nurses during the pandemic is extremely important as it will enable us to ensure that the nursing education we provide in future effectively supports and prepares our students for practice”.

The study, which is based at the Oxford School of Nursing and Midwifery, brings together researchers from eight UK universities and has been funded by a substantial grant from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as part of the UK Research and Innovation’s rapid response to COVID-19.

Student nurses who would like to take part in the study should visit the project website to register their interest.