Date of Completion


Document Type

Research Project

Degree Name

Grade 12


former COVID-ward nurses, career shift, CoPaQ, SemiStructured Interview, COVID-19


The medical catastrophe caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has placed enormous strain on the national healthcare systems of various countries. Nurses, who comprise the core of the Philippine healthcare workforce, have been at the forefront of this pandemic. Because of the nature of our local nurses' work during the pandemic, they are in danger of infection and may suffer physical and mental distress. As a result, this study aims to determine the prevalent factors that played a significant role for Filipino frontline nurses, particularly former COVID-ward nurses who opted to shift professions outside of the medical field. This study utilized a mixed-method approach to analyze and interpret the responses gathered from the quantitative data using the COVID-19 Pandemic Mental Health Questionnaire (CoPaQ) where 101 research participants were included in the study using snowball sampling and qualitative data from the follow-up Semi-Structured Interview, where 30 randomly selected undergo a focus group discussion. As a result, according to CoPaQ's personal and social factors, countermeasure necessity and compliance ranked as the most prominent factor influencing career shift among former COVID-ward nurses. Aside from the aforementioned COPAQ factors that were obtained through the Semi-Structured Interview, the respondents indicated the Socioeconomic Factor concerning financial considerations or the inadequacy of their monthly wage as the leading factor. Furthermore, the findings revealed various reasons that contributed to the former COVIDward nurses' career shift. Given these considerations, it is suggested that a broader geographical coverage of respondents be collected, preferably spanning both urban and rural regions of the Philippines.

First Advisor

Pauline L. Cueno