Theme: Contemporary issues in nursing practice and nursing education during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic brought many changes in all spheres of life. South Africa responded quickly by declaring a state of disaster and introducing regulations for public health measures such as country lockdown, wearing of masks, social distancing, washing of hands, and the use of sanitizers.
Nurses being, the majority of frontline workers, found themselves having to cope with the demands of the pandemic, such as an influx of patients in the hospitals, which required rapid changes in health care delivery and management. These changes brought contemporary challenges that affected nursing practice and education. Challenges included, amongst others, shortage of staff, shortage of space, and insufficient supply of resources such as Personal Protective Equipment. In addition, in South Africa, the NEIs were in the process of the inception of the new nursing curriculum. Nurse educators had to contend with the changes and challenges brought by the inception of the new Curriculum and regulatory issues from the professional body, Council on Higher Education, and South African qualification Authority. NEIs had to change from face-to-face teaching to the use of online teaching platforms. All these changes brought many challenges, which will be discussed in this special collection.
This special issue will address the contemporary issues post COVID-19 in both nursing practice and nursing education to:
- describe the changes and challenges brought by the coronavirus pandemic in nursing practice and nursing education
- critically analyse the status of nursing education in South Africa
- analyse contemporary issues brought by the inception of the new nursing curriculum
- describe the challenges and opportunities brought by online teaching or blended learning
- critically analyse worldwide policies and protocols that affected nursing during the pandemic and post-pandemic.
Please note the following list is not exhaustive – authors are welcome to consult the Guest Editors to check if their submission fits the aims of the special issue. Suggested papers:
- Contemporary issues in nursing practice
- Best practices in managing nursing and midwifery workforce and resources during and after the pandemic
- Policy changes during and after the pandemic
- Mental health challenges during and after COVID 19
- Online and blended teaching and learning: best practices, intervening conditions, and challenges
- Clinical learning and facilitation during the Covid-19 pandemic
- Articulation in nursing education
- Recognition of Prior Learning
- Regulatory issues in nursing education
- Conducting Research during the pandemic
Manuscript contributions may consist of the following:
- Manuscript submissions should be in English.
- Original Research articles must fully comply with the Curationis guidelines for manuscripts (abstract and headings style formats: maximum 7000 words, a maximum of 60 references with limited self-referencing; and an abstract, with a structured maximum of 250 words).
· Interested authors must consult the journal’s guidelines for manuscript submissions.
To submit your article to the special issue, please visit the website at curationis.org.za. When submitting the article, select the “Original Research – Special Issue: Contemporary issues in nursing practice and nursing education during and post COVID-19 pandemic as the article type. The submission portal will be accessible on https://curationis.org.za/ after login in with your personal user credentials. Click here for more details on the submission procedure. All submissions will undergo anonymous review to guarantee high scientific quality and relevance to the subject. A final decision regarding acceptance/revision/rejection will be based on the reviews received from the reviewers and at the sole discretion of the Guest Editor and/or Editor-in-Chief.
• Deadline for submission: 30 June 2022
• Approximate Publication Date: November 2022
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