Learning Objective 1: Learners will be able to describe the concerns related to the H1N1 virus.
Learning Objective 2: Learners will be able to identify the actions that may help students who are or may be infected with the H1N1 virus.
Methods: Data were collected from nursing students at two universities in Korea using focus group interviews. Data were analyzed using content analysis to identify significant themes.
Results: The participants were 24 nursing students. Fourteen were infected with influenza A (H1N1) and took Tamiflu or Relenza. Five students suspected of infection with H1N1 were found to be negative.
Seven themes emerged from the collected data. They were (1) worry about becoming infected with the influenza A virus or spreading it to others, (2) ambivalence about taking anti-viral medications or receiving an anti-viral vaccine, (3) protecting oneself as well as others, (4) being hurt by others’ reactions, (5) relying on the school's health center for care, (6) worry about missing classes, and (7) concern over the high price to pay for treatment.
Conclusion: Participants worried about becoming sick or infecting clients while providing nursing care. Nursing students who have patient contact in a clinical setting should also be considered as those who require early vaccination. Most participants reported negative experiences related to virus exposure. Health care workers as well as family and friends should keep in mind that their verbal or nonverbal expressions can injure the feelings of others when special care and support are needed most. Furthermore, improvements in the coverage of costs and services are needed and would be helpful for students.
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