Lived experiences of older adults while working in the academe amidst the COVID-19 pandemic: The Philippine context


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Tipon, L. G., Alforque, J. M. L., & Cutamora, J. C. (2022). Lived experiences of older adults while working in the academe amidst the COVID-19 pandemic: The Philippine context. Belitung Nursing Journal, 8(3), 235–244.
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Background: Despite the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines and the world, our aging population, especially older adults working in the academe, has not ceased with their desire to provide quality education among our student nurses continuously. Aside from the fact that most of these nursing mentors in the field of education have been closer to the age of retirement, they still opt to continue their passion for teaching. Hence, knowing their lived experiences can be a great anchor on how to support them effectively.

Objective: This study aimed to explore the older adults’ lived experiences while working in the academe amidst the pandemic.

Methods: A qualitative descriptive phenomenological approach was employed. Purposive sampling was used to select twelve informants based on the set inclusion criteria, such as older adults aged at least 60 years old and above residing within Cebu City, Philippines, who were currently employed as nursing mentors in any private or public academic nursing institution. Colaizzi's method of data analysis was used.

Results: Four themes emerged: (1) Diversifying Teaching and Learning Strategies, (2) Labyrinthing Through the Challenges, with three subthemes (Coursing through struggles and adversities, Thriving with the teaching and learning during the pandemic, and Coping with the changes), (3) Strengthening Health, Adhering to Protocols, and (4) Moving Forward with the New Normal, with two subthemes (Adapting to be technologically resilient and Having a positive outlook).

Conclusion: The older adults learned to teach, adapt, adjust, and move forward in the academe amidst the pandemic. They keep up with the changes and the challenges despite being an older adult having limited experience and knowledge of the use of technology. They continue to strive, live and be more productive amidst the pandemic.

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Research Institute of Ageing and Health (RIAH) of Cebu Normal University, Philippines


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Sincere thanks to the Research Institute of Ageing and Health (RIAH) of Cebu Normal University for funding this study.

Authors’ Contributions

All authors had significant contributions during the conceptualization of the topic, the purpose of study, formulation and finalization of the methodology and design, data collation, analysis, and interpretation of the findings. All authors coordinated with the research assistants after the comments of the technical reviewers of the institute and active participation during revisions of the content. All authors were also active participants in the finalization of the paper for publication and agreed to be accountable for all aspects of the work (accuracy and integrity). JCC took charge of the similarity index feedbacking and served as the corresponding author.

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The datasets generated during and/or analyzed during the current study are available from the corresponding author on reasonable request.


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