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  1. Coping During COVID-19


    An essay about Coping during COVID-19


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Coping During COVID-19

Alice* is a 68-year old retired schoolteacher who lives in Livermore, California. Alice, who lives alone in her retirement home, has never been married and has no children of her own, biological or adopted. Like many people in different communities, Alice has suffered stress, anxiety and hopelessness following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. These mixed feelings for her have been as a result of the fact that she can barely take part in the normal activities that she did before the pandemic. Alice has also been stressed due to the fact that she is a long-time survivor of Diabetes and therefore cannot imagine what would happen when she contract the virus in her vulnerable condition. Her age makes her worry even more. As a result, Alice has been cut off from her distant relatives she used to visit once a while. Her social circle has literally come down to her and her dog. During the interview, Alice’s restlessness is clearly seen in her posture, shaky voice and resigned mood. She is not even sure that this pandemic will come to an end soon.

            From the way Alice answers my questions with regards to whether or not she is worried about the progress that has been made, it is evident that her anxiety is way up. It is clear not even news of the vaccine has done much to improve her feelings about the pandemic. Asked to rate her anxiety level on a scale of 1-10 just to confirm my suspicions, Alice turns in her chair, looks past me and says in a resigned tone, “eight.”

            Because of her distress and anxiety, I ask Alice about the manner in which she copes with the stressors occasioned by the deadly virus. She says that even while she is afraid, she occasionally takes walks in the evening with her dog. She does not venture far though because, as she says, one never knows where the virus lurks. It is for this reason she no longer goes to the hospital for her insulin. It is brought right to her doorstep. Alice says the religious community that she always found useful last gathered over a year ago. Her limitations in technology have prevented her from attending the online sessions organised by the church (Kar et al., 2020). She is cut out. Occasionally, her sister in Michigan calls her, but the calls have dwindled as she is a nurse and has had to work overtime for the increasing cases there.

            One of the healthcare facilities that offer mental health to patients and has a division focusing on COVID-19 impacts is the CAPE Inc. this facility offers counselling and Strategies of stress and anxiety relief. Similar services are also offered by the department of Mental health at Axis Community health. Alice was informed that this facility is only ten minutes’ drive away from where she lives. This facility provides counsellors to visit the patients in their houses rather them coming to health centres. Besides, they have online counselling services, suitable for those like Alice who are vulnerable.

            Following the information that Alice provided, it is clear that she is hardly handling her anxiety and worry in the right way. There are hardly any coping mechanisms she uses. The occasional evening walks could be said to have done her some good (Kar et al., 2020), but besides that, Alice is an isolated person with no support system of mention. It is for these reasons that her increased anxiety and stress has to be managed through a systematic healthcare plan presented in table 1 below.

Table 1. Nursing Care Plan for above Interviewee

Nursing Diagnosis

Patient Goals

Interventions: Rationale


(Yes or No)

Evaluation Outcome


Increased isolation and stress. Potential depression and extreme anxiety caused by the heightened sense of isolation and social withdrawal









Short term goal:

Stress management

Reduction in anxiety and worry

Long term goal:

Attain better physical health and re-integrate into useful social events


-Enrolment into a counselling session from either of the health centers identified


-Technology training to reintegrate into the church support group through virtual means


-Maintenance of the physical exercises and increase evening walks to help deal with fatigue and depression.










-Stress and anxiety levels managed through consistent attendance of counselling sessions


-Able to use smartphones to access the church support group


-Ability to take Physical walks and exercises and stay in better physical shape.



Kar, S. K., Arafat, S. Y., Kabir, R., Sharma, P., & Saxena, S. K. (2020). Coping with mental health challenges during COVID-19. In Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) (pp. 199-213). Springer, Singapore.














Appendix A:

Communication Plan for an Inpatient Unit to Evaluate the Impact of Transformational Leadership Style Compared to Other Leader Styles such as Bureaucratic and Laissez-Faire Leadership in Nurse Engagement, Retention, and Team Member Satisfaction Over the Course of One Year

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