University of Hertfordshire

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The experience of Diagnostic Radiography students during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal Of Medical Radiation Sciences
Publication statusSubmitted - 17 May 2021

Abstract

Introduction
The rationale for this study was to ascertain the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Undergraduate Diagnostic Radiography students at the University of Hertfordshire. This would provide an ideal opportunity for students to reflect on their experience and indicate if they required additional support from the University.
Methodology
An online anonymous survey was deployed to all year groups (n=238) during the nationwide lockdown, eliciting qualitative responses on questions about the effect of the pandemic; emotions experienced; support required and consideration of their choice of a career in the health sector.
Results
201 students responded to the survey, with many having experienced the illness or loss of a loved one. Trying to balance family commitments and study was a concern to some students, as well as struggling with the financial burden of job losses or furlough. Many students commented that educational support was a requirement with the move to online teaching and assessment.
The main focus of student responses was the emotions that they had experienced, many of which were negative. Anxiety and fear were commonly expressed feelings, along with sadness and feelings of isolation. A small number of students reported feeling grateful, happy and relieved.
An overwhelming majority of respondents commented that they were proud to be healthcare students and they were resolute in wanting to continue the course and join the frontline of the NHS workforce.
Conclusion/Implication for practice
Some students have been deeply affected by their experiences of the pandemic, and University support mechanisms should be refined to better assist with their ongoing challenges.

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