The COVID-19 pandemic started at the end of 2019 and can be considered one of the most difficult health crises of the past century . It has had a devastating effect around the world, not only for public health, but also for the economy, labor market, and other facets of individual and societal life . Health systems have been put under high strain, and health professionals have experienced unusual and stressful work circumstances . With the aim of drawing lessons for nursing education, the present study analyzed, during the weeks of peak infection in Spain, the stress experience and coping strategies of a sample of 403 nurses from the Spanish health system . Specifically, we analyzed how tenure, stress appraisal, problem-focused coping, and support-seeking coping predicted nurses' awareness of their education needs, both in terms of technical-professional knowledge and skills and transversal skills . Structural equation modeling analysis revealed that more tenure (years of experience) was related to lower stress appraisal (workload, -0.12, p <0.05; insufficient preparation, -0.33, p <0.001; and fear of contagion -0.36, p <0.001) and more problem focused coping (PFC) strategies were related to higher awareness of professional (0.18, p <0.01) and transversal educational needs (0.17, p <0.01) while support seeking strategies just related to transversal training needs (0.10, p <0.05). Moreover, the participants provided valuable input about specific contents to be considered in future nursing education programs . Implications for redesigning the nursing degree curriculum are analyzed in the discussion section.