Date of Award

Spring 2022

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Committee Chair

Abby Garlock


The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted traditional teaching methods at all academic levels bringing about unprecedented changes in the way education was delivered. In-person learning was halted all over the world as educators scrambled to transition to virtual education. The purpose of this Master of Science in Nursing research was to examine the perceived effects of systematic learning changes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic on primary and secondary educators and students as reported by educators. This research will then be applied to implications for future nursing educators and students. Nine K-5 educators were interviewed via Zoom in the spring of 2021 and were asked two open-ended questions. Results were analyzed utilizing a qualitative descriptive phenomenological model and reported in six themes: negative experiences, positive experiences, coping and self-care, negative behavior, disparities, and technological challenges. Research revealed that teachers and students experienced frustration with online learning platforms and improved mental health upon returning to in-person learning.

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