head JofIMAB
Journal of IMAB - Annual Proceeding (Scientific Papers)
Publisher: Peytchinski Publishing Ltd.
ISSN: 1312-773X (Online)
Issue: 2023, vol. 29, issue4
Subject Area: Public Health
DOI: 10.5272/jimab.2023294.5163
Published online: 16 October 2023

Original article
J of IMAB. 2023 Oct-Dec;29(4):5163-5167
Rozalina Yordanova1ORCID logoCorresponding Autoremail, Silvia Kyuchukova2ORCID logo, Albena Andonova2ORCID logo, Mima Nikolova2ORCID logo, Magdalena Platikanova3ORCID logo,
1) Medical College, Trakia University, Stara Zagora, Bulgaria.
2) Department of Health Care, Faculty of Medicine, Trakia University, Stara Zagora, Bulgaria.
3) Department of Hygiene, Epidemiology, Microbiology, Parasitology and Infectious Diseases, Faculty of Medicine, Trakia University, Stara Zagora, Bulgaria.

By training young people a range of practical medical skills and engaging them in volunteer activity, they are expected to express themselves and achieve outcomes that have an impact on their own lives and the lives of others in society.
Purpose: to determine the attitudes and motivations of students studying medical specialties who want to volunteer using their professional training received at Higher Medical School during the pandemic.
Material and Methods: A survey; Mathematical and statistical processing of the obtained data; Applying an established methodology for selection of willing and motivated students; Non-formal education.
Results: Total surveyed students 282 - the largest number are those studying the Nurse specialty (48.2%). 57.4% of study participants had experience volunteering. 52.7% would work as a volunteer with Covid-19 patients. 11% were already volunteering Covid-19 at healthcare facilities. The main reason why students are most likely to volunteer in the Covid-19 sectors is personal moral principles (49.2%). The main way students would spread information in society about the nature and principles of voluntary student work is through social networks (75.2%).
Conclusions: More than half of the respondents had experience as volunteers. Students are motivated and willing to help Covid-19 patients. Personal motivation and opportunities to improve skills and acquire new knowledge and competencies are the main reasons students prefer volunteering during a pandemic. Volunteer work has a positive influence on the professional development of students, a good impact on their professional identity creation and is essential for their future work as healthcare professionals.

Keywords: volunteer work, students, pandemic,

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Please cite this article as: Yordanova R, Kyuchukova S, Andonova A, Nikolova M, Platikanova M. Voluntary behavior of students studying medical specialties in the context of a pandemic. J of IMAB. 2023 Oct-Dec;29(4):5163-5167. [Crossref - 10.5272/jimab.2023294.5163]

Corresponding AutorCorrespondence to: Rozalina Yordanova, Medical College, Trakia University, Stara Zagora; 9 Armeiska Street, 6000 Stara Zagora, Bulgaria; E-mail: rozalina.yordnova@trakia-uni.bgg

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Received: 26 April 2023
Published online: 16 October 2023

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