Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice

[Examination stress among BSc nursing students]

MESTER Adrienn1, STALLER Judit1

DECEMBER 15, 2021

Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice - 2021;34(6)

Journal Article

[To evaluate the stressors which affect students during their theoretical education and field clinical practices. We also examined their subjective health, physical activity, stress levels and the use of health-harming substances. During a quantitative research, we examined 133 first-, second-, third- and fourth-year, both full time and part-time nursing students at the Department of Nursing and Patient Care (BSc) with the help of an anonymous online self-completion questionnare. 49% of nursing students have considered discontinuing their nursing education program due to excessive stress. During their field clinical practice, contact with staff, fear of the unknown, making mistakes, and failure emerged as the most common stressors. The least common stressors included the quality of hospital equipment and the experience of dying/death. In all four years, lack of time, feeling overwhelmed, and difficult exams are the main sources of stress during the theoretical education. Undergraduate nursing students encounter a number of stressful stimuli during their academic years. Reducing or eliminating these stressors could reduce thoughts of discontinuing nursing education program, increase health status and last, the nursing profession could become more popular among higher educational health related students.]


  1. Semmelweis Egyetem Egészségtudományi Kar, Ápolástan Tanszék



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