Impact of COVID-19 on Nursing and other Healthcare Professionals: Strategies for Strengthening Nursing Education, Training and Leadership


  • Shivaleela P. Upashe1 , Sunaya Gosh2 , Amitha R.3 , Kavita Chandrakar4



SARS-CoV-2 virus, Depression, Education, Job Satisfaction, Skill development


The damage extension of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the cause of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak
that started in December 2019, was completely unexpected. The virus infected more than 20.21 million and
killed more than 737,136 people as of 10th august 2020, leaving healthcare professionals under abnormal
pressure. Although there are no estimates of how many are health care professionals infected, it may be
15-18% of the healthcare professionals and suppose a correspondingly high death count. From emergency
physicians and nurses to public health officers and psychologists, the exposure to distressing experiences
points to a high chance of developing post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and burnout syndrome. In
the case of COVID-19, decisions upon scarce resources, frustration about patients’ outcomes, lengthened
working hours, concerns regarding the family’s health, and widespread vicarious trauma are present and
costly for health care professionals. Coordinated reorganization of health and well managed social services is
essential to assess and diagnose rapidly, treat patients effectively, and protect hospitals and health personnel.
The policymakers were thinking that investing in the nursing sector and maintaining a professional nursing
workforce is an economic burden but now everyone is understood that they are especially for the wellbeing
of our peoples and families. Hence it is necessary to support nursing professionals at the workplace and
ensuring the appropriate payout is a must along with appropriate timely training is required to ensure the
quality service. Furthermore, they should be allowed to involve in policy formulation and decision making
all the time.

Author Biography

Shivaleela P. Upashe1 , Sunaya Gosh2 , Amitha R.3 , Kavita Chandrakar4

Associate Professor of Child Health Nursing, 2Lecturer of Medical Surgical Nursing, 3Assistant Professor of Child
Health Nursing, 4
Assistant Professor of Medical Surgical Nursing, College of Nursing Sciences, Dayananda Sagar
University, Kumaraswamy Layout, Bengaluru-560078, Karnataka, India