Experiences before the new normal by covid-19 in university.





Objective: to understand the experiences before the new normal in university students after the pandemic by COVID-19.

Materials and methods: qualitative research, the units of meanings were built based on the moments of Martin Heidegger’s hermeneutic circle, for the selection of the participants, an intentional sampling was made of 16 university students of the nursing degree of a public university in the state of Oaxaca, where saturation of the data was reached, the phenomenological interview took place from March to May 2023 and were audiotaped, the research met the criteria of scientific rigor for qualitative research.

Results: university students expressed having mental health problems due to confinement and social estrangement and in the face of the new normality has generated negative thoughts and feelings due to lack of communication, identifying the presence of their peers as negative, However, it is a new opportunity to start over and recognize life experiences with the help of a health professional.

Conclusions: It is vital that educational institutions be able to develop appropriate strategies to improve the quality of life of university students by creating appropriate interventions to address the psychological problems that university students experience.


Keywords: Mental health; COVID-19; nursing students; nursing.


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Author Biographies

Reyna Felipe-López, State Universities of Oaxaca (SUNEO)

Graduate in Nursing from the Universidad del Papaloapan, Master in Public Health from the Juárez Autonomous University of Tabasco, Diploma in Management and Injury, Diploma in Qualitative Health Research, Diploma in Teaching with a focus on the training of human resources in health. Active member of the Mexican Academy of Phenomenology and Qualitative Research in Nursing and Health, A.C (AMFICES), Member of the Mexican Association of Nurses and Nurse Trainers of Human Resources in Health (AMEEFRH). Full-time Professor-Researcher at the Universidad del Istmo (UNISMO) Juchitán campus belonging to the System of State Universities of Oaxaca (SUNEO), Mexico.


Isabel Beristáin-García, Juárez University of the State of Durango (UJED)

Graduate in Nursing from the Faculty of Nursing and Obstetrics of the UJED, Master of Nursing Sciences at the University of Guanajuato, Doctor in Nursing Sciences from the University of Guanajuato, Certified teaching nurse by COMCE 2021-2025. Member of the Committee of the College of Duranguenses Nurses A.C., Active member and member of the board of directors of the Mexican Academy of Phenomenology and Qualitative Research in Nursing and Health, A.C (AMFICES) and the Latin American Network of Nursing Education (RELEDEN), Member of the Board of Directors Member of U-Nursing LatAM, Member of the Academic Body “Epidemiology and infection” of the UJED, State Researcher Level 1, Qualification of excellence in nursing recertification 2021 COMCE, SNI Candidate.


Raúl Fernando Guerrero-Castañeda, Mexican Academy of Phenomenology and Qualitative Research in Nursing and Health AC.

Degree in nursing. Master in Education. Diploma in Emotional Capital Management. Diploma in Thanatology. Doctor in Nursing Sciences and Doctor in Human Development. Postdoctoral in Epistemology and Scientific Research. Professor Member of NANDA International. Member of the Mexican Network of Nursing and Health of the Elderly and of Sigma Theta Tau Tau Alpha Chapter. Member of the Mexican National System of Researchers level I. Guest professor at the Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla in the Doctorate in Psychological Research. President of the Mexican Academy of Phenomenology and Qualitative Research in Nursing and Health, AC., Author of the nursing diagnosis “Disposition to improve exercise commitment”, in the NANDA 2021-2023 taxonomy. Currently Coordinator of the Doctorate in Nursing Sciences at the University of Guanajuato.




How to Cite

Felipe-López, R., Beristáin-García, I., & Guerrero-Castañeda, R. F. . (2024). Experiences before the new normal by covid-19 in university. Horizonte Sanitario, 23(1), 103-110. https://doi.org/10.19136/hs.a23n1.5711



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