Stress Management for
Nursing Students Are at Greater Risk
As a student you face many challenges and stressors. However, as a “nursing” student you are likely to experience even “more stress” than your friends and colleagues enrolled in other programs. A study comparing the stress levels of various professional students found that nursing students experience higher levels of stress than medical, social work and pharmacy students.(Beck, et al.,1997) Even more poignant, another study showed that “one third” of nursing students experience stress severe enough to induce mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. (Pryjmachuk, 2004)
In addition to contending with exams, grades, long hours of studying, work, family and other personal commitments you are also faced with the challenges of clinical practice. Clinical practice has been identified as one of the most anxiety producing components in nursing programs. Lack of experience, fear of making mistakes, difficult patients, discomfort at being evaluated by faculty members, worrying about giving patients the wrong information or medication and concern about possibly harming a patient are just a few of the stressors for the beginning student nurse. (Sharif & Masoumi, 2005).
Incorporating practices that can reduce some of the stress associated with all of these challenges is important, useful and essential to your well being. Stress management and self-care
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