Nursing students’ perceived stress and influences in clinical performance

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  • Abstract

    Background: It is known that stress related to clinical training among nursing students could contribute to many physical and mental problems. However, little empirical evidence about the influence of stress in nurse students’ clinical performance

    Objective: The objective of this study was to assess the association between perceived stresses, stress related factors, and students’ clinical performance.

    Method: Using the perceived stress scale, 539 Jordanian nursing students from 2 public universities in Jordan participated in the study.

    Results: The results showed that the mean of stress perceived by students was 45.9. Students’ assignment were perceived as the main source of stress (M= 10.7, SD= 4.5) followed by stress related to patients’ care (M= 10.5, SD= 5.5) and stress from teachers and nursing staff (M= 9.6, SD= 5.3). The lowest source of stress is from students’ lack of professional knowledge and skills (M= 3.96; SD= 2.8). The mean of students’ clinical performance is 73.4%. Students’ perceived stress has a significant negative correlation with students’ clinical performance (r= -.09; p <.05). The results also showed significant negative correlation between stress related to lack of professional knowledge and skills, and stress related to patient care and students’ clinical performance.

    Conclusion: This study expanded on students’ stress in clinical settings, and warrants further research in assessing its impact on their performance. Teachers should be aware of and help students to overcome and cope with said stress related factors in the clinical settings effectively.

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    Nursing Students; Nursing Education; Stress; Clinical; Practice.

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Article ID: 4311
DOI: 10.14419/ijans.v4i2.4311

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