Saudi Nurse Interns’ Experiences during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Thematic Approach

Ejercito Mangawa Balay-odao, Jonas Preposi Cruz, Abdulellah M. Alsolais, Junel Bryan Bajet, Nahed Alquwez, Ahmed Mansour Almansour, Khalaf Aied Alotaibi, Jennifer Mesde, Ahmed Almoghairi, Bader A. Alrasheadi, Jazi Shaydied Alotaibi

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Background: The learning process for nurses, including internships, was affected during the COVID-19 pandemic, which may have made the nurse internship program more challenging and stressful for participants. Therefore, it is significant to explore the experiences of nurse interns during COVID-19. Aim: This study aimed to explore Saudi nurse interns’ field experiences during the pandemic. Design: The study utilised descriptive phenomenological qualitative research and a thematic approach. Methods: A total of 19 nurse interns participated in the study, which was conducted in Saudi Arabia. Participants undertook an internship program at different government hospitals in five cities in Saudi Arabia. Unstructured individual interviews were conducted to gather data from the participants. Results: The findings revealed five themes: being passionate, lacking knowledge and skills, being concerned about their families, being cautious, and being unoriented. Conclusion: The study findings document that the struggles of nurse interns in their internship programs during COVID-19 were related to their lack of knowledge, their family, and the working environment.

Original languageEnglish
Article number230
JournalHealthcare (Switzerland)
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2023


  • COVID-19
  • experiences
  • nurse interns
  • Saudi Arabia
  • thematic approach

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Leadership and Management
  • Health Policy
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management


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