Mahurin Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects


School of Nursing

Document Type



Flashback to midnight on January 1st, 2020. It was New Year’s Day, the beginning of a new decade. Many were filled with excitement and hope to make this year the best one yet. Little did they know that their entire world would be turned upside down a short two months later with a worldwide pandemic, the coronavirus. COVID-19 has affected people in many ways. Some lost their jobs, others struggled to maintain their education virtually, and unfortunately, too many lost their lives. As a nursing student, fear grew while imagining the role of becoming one of the frontline workers battling this invisible enemy.

One of the most challenging and divisive decisions during this pandemic has been what to do with schools. While no one knows for sure what the right choice is, through a nursing perspective and love for children, the investigator wonders how today’s youth is facing this pandemic, and what impact social isolation and a sudden halt in their everyday routine and schooling has made on them. This thesis will examine the effect COVID-19 has had on the pediatric population, both physically and mentally, and how re-opening schools plays a factor.

Advisor(s) or Committee Chair

Diana Wooden, DNP, APRN, FNP-C


Medicine and Health Sciences | Nursing | Social and Behavioral Sciences