In order to carry out one of the tertiary principles of higher education, namely community service, a team of lecturers and students from the Faculty of Nursing Unhas conducted training for 2 days on 20-21 May 2021 regarding psychosocial support for nurses who serve Covid-19 patients in a hospital. reference in the city of Makassar, UPT Hospital Sayang Rakyat. Four lecturers were involved in this activity: Dr. Rosyidah Arafat, Sp.KMB as Team Leader, along with Dr. Ariyanti Saleh, S.Kp, M.Si, Hapsah, S.Kep, Ns., M.Kep and Akbar Harisa, S.Kep, Ns, PMNC., MN along with 4 students.

This community service is carried out by seeing the Covid-19 pandemic conditions making nurses at the forefront of being in a condition that is very susceptible to infection and experiencing mental problems. Nurses are prone to experiencing depression, anxiety and higher stress when compared to nurses in other areas. This is because they have a high risk of potential infection with the virus, inadequate protection, long working hours, physical and mental fatigue, discrimination, isolation, complex patient care, and lack of contact with family, adding to the vulnerability of stressors for nurses. In his speech, the Dean of the Faculty of Nursing Unhas, Dr. Ariyanti Saleh, S.Kp. M.Si revealed that the existence of this emotional problem has an impact on service quality, work productivity, quality of life of nurses and high burnout syndrome so that the psychosocial adaptability of nurses is needed in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic.

In this training, 50 Covid-19 nurses at the UPT RSUD Sayang Rakyat were provided with materials: the urgency of mental health for nurses, cognitive therapy: positive thinking, emotional freedom technique (SEFT) spiritual therapy, and relaxation techniques from mental nursing lecturers and university medical surgical nursing lecturers. Hasanuddin (Unhas).

Dr. ST.Khaeria Bohari, Sp.S, as the Director of the UPT Hospital Sayang Rakyat, greatly appreciated this activity as a form of soft skill development for nurses, besides those several nurses who were training participants said that this activity was extraordinary, aroused their enthusiasm and inspired them to continue practising forms of psychosocial support provided by the resource persons.