AIM: To explore challenges facing nurse managers during and beyond coronavirus disease , 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and its relation to perceived organizational support .
BACKGROUND: When faced with high-pressure situations like the COVID-19 pandemic, it is critical that nurse managers be equipped with the support they need to successfully surpass these hard times .
METHODS: Descriptive correlational design was utilized . The study was conduct at different health care settings across Egypt . Convenience sampling technique was employed to recruit (214) nurse managers . Two instruments were used; questionnaire of challenges faced by nurse managers and survey of perceived organizational support . Mann-Whitney test, Kruskal-Wallis test, Spearman's correlation, and regression analysis were utilized .
RESULTS: The highest percentage of managers reported being faced with high level of challenges . There was a highly statistically significant negative correlation between challenges currently faced by managers and their perception of organizational support .
CONCLUSION: The COVID-19 pandemic had placed additional challenges on nurse managers and these challenges are expected to persist in the future . Higher perception of organizational support minimizes managers' perception of being challenged in times of pandemics .
IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING MANAGEMENT: Better training focused on disaster management, ethical decision making, leading in times of uncertainty, and maintaining well-being will help nurse managers lead better their teams.