The Safeguarding Influence of Resilience on COVID-19 Impact on the Quality of Life among Nursing Students in Pampanga, Philippines
As previously reported in different studies, resilience has a safeguarding effect on the mental state of individuals, and the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic had a great impact on all aspects of the life of every citizen in different sectors. Thus, the current study was conducted to determine the protective role of resilience on the impact of COVID-19 on the quality of life among nursing students. A descriptive correlational design was applied and results were analyzed through IBM SPSS version 23. Using purposive sampling, 334 students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing in a private academic institution in Pampanga voluntarily participated via an electronic-based survey. Two adopted questionnaires: the Brief Resilience Scale (BRS) and Covid-19 Impact on Quality of Life (COV19-QoL) were utilized. Nursing students demonstrated moderate resiliency (M– 3.0205; SD– 0.18669), and the COVID-19 pandemic had a moderate impact on nursing students' QoL (M– 3.0165; SD– 0.20463). Data analysis further revealed a correlation coefficient of r= -0.430, and a p-value of 0.000, which indicated that there is a significant and moderate negative correlation between the level of resilience and the level of COVID-19 impact on the quality of life. Therefore, the higher the resiliency level, the lower the impact of COVID-19 on the quality of life among nursing students. Findings suggest that since the COVID-19 pandemic had an impact on nursing students, a focal point of action for institutions with nursing programs is to consider understanding the factors and develop strategies that further strengthen the innate resiliency of nursing students.