Fear of COVID-19, poor quality of sleep, irritability, and intention to quit school among nursing students: A cross-sectional study

Janet Alexis A. De Los Santos*, Leodoro J. Labrague, Charlie C. Falguera

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Purpose: This study aims to assess the fear of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and its influence on the students' fear of COVID-19 and intention to leave nursing school. Design and Methods: This study employed a cross-sectional design using self-report questionnaires distributed to 261 nursing students from the Philippines. Findings: The first-year nursing students are found to be the most fearful among the group. The students' fear of COVID-19 is associated with their high irritability, poor sleep quality, and desire to quit nursing school. Practice Implications: Students are perturbed by the pandemic and teachers should implement supportive, teaching–learning strategies to address the student's needs.

Original languageEnglish
JournalPerspectives in Psychiatric Care
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2021


  • COVID-19 pandemic
  • fear
  • intention to quit
  • irritability
  • nursing
  • sleep quality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health

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