Stressing Experience and Stigma of Covid-19 Pandemic: Analysis Of Pre-Service Nurses Intention Toward Infectious Diseases Centres in Ghana

Hannah Yawson


This paper explored perceived stressing experience and perceived stigma of Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic among pre-service nurses and how these perceptual factors could affect their intention to work at infectious treatment centres in the future. The paper followed mixed analytical procedure where both quantitative and qualitative approaches were employed. Concurrent analytical procedures were adopted where both qualitative and quantitative data were collected concurrent through the use of questionnaire. Questionnaire and interview guide were used for the collecting the data. Multi-stage sampling technique was employed where cluster, stratified and simple random sampling techniques were employed concurrently. Sample size of 150 was used. However, 117 questionnaires were obtained and processed. 11 students were also interviewed. Content and thematic analysis was used to analyse the qualitative data while mean scale and standard multiple regression were employed for the quantitative analysis. The study revealed high perception score of stigmatisation, perceived high stressing experience, and high work-family conflict. The study further found that all the perceptual factors: perceived Covid-19 stigma, perceived covid-19 stressing experience and perceived covid-19 related work-family conflict have significant negative influence on the pre-service nurses’ intention to provide care for infectious diseases. It is recommended that training of these pre-service nurses should emphasis these experiences and possible stigmas to minimise elements of surprise. Health administrators should regular gather data on nurses' experience and perceive stigmas of epidemics and infectious diseases and integrate them in their training programmes. There is no funding to report.

Keywords: Coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic, Pre-Service Nurses, Perceived Stressing Experience, Stigma, Work-Family Conflict and Pre-Service Nurses Intention

DOI: 10.7176/JMPB/72-03

Publication date: February 28th 2022

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