Connecting virtually during a pandemic: a lifeline for migrant nurses
Migrant nurses have to adapt to new ways of working in their adopted country, with different health systems, routines and work cultures. This can cause a roller coaster of emotions that can lead to stress and anxiety. Such emotions have been amplified during the COVID-19 pandemic. At a time when social distancing is mandated, people need support as never before to maintain their emotional health.
The novel coronavirus, which was first reported in China in late 2019 and is now a global pandemic, has highlighted the vital work of health professionals. More specifically, it has drawn attention to the role of nurses in preventing, containing and managing this health emergency.
Coincidentally, the year of the pandemic, 2020, was declared the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife by the World Health Organization (WHO, 2020a). The year 2020 was also the 25th anniversary of the graduation of the 1991-1995 cohort of BSc Nursing students from one of the leading colleges of nursing in Mangalore, Karnataka state in India, and a silver jubilee reunion celebration was planned.
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