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American Journal of Nursing Research. 2017, 5(6), 250-259
DOI: 10.12691/ajnr-5-6-8
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Relation between Stress and Coping Strategies as Perceived by Nursing Students during Clinical Practice

Shadia Fathy Mahmoud Mohammed1, Rehab Fathy Abdel Hady Ghaith1, and Alia Ibrahim Mohamed2

1Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, Zagazig University, Egypt

2Nursing Administration, Faculty of Nursing, Zagazig, University, Egypt

Pub. Date: December 28, 2017

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Shadia Fathy Mahmoud Mohammed, Rehab Fathy Abdel Hady Ghaith and Alia Ibrahim Mohamed. Relation between Stress and Coping Strategies as Perceived by Nursing Students during Clinical Practice. American Journal of Nursing Research. 2017; 5(6):250-259. doi: 10.12691/ajnr-5-6-8


Background: Nursing training is a stressful process. The effects of stress on nursing students have been well documented. High perceived stress levels and lack of effective coping processes could be a barrier to achieve the challenges of profession. Aim of the study: Assess relation between stress and coping strategies as perceived by nursing students during clinical practice. Design: a descriptive design was utilized to conduct this study. Setting: the current study was conducted at Technical Institute of Nursing, Zagazig University, Sharkia Governorate. Sample: a cluster random sample of 221 nurse students were included in this study. Tools: Three tools were used to collect data: demographic data questionnaire & Student Nurses Stress Index, Brief Cope Inventory and Emotional Approach Coping Scale. Results: More than three quarters of the studied sample had low total stress, all of them used low emotional-oriented coping and more than two thirds of studied nurse students used low problem-oriented coping. A highly positive significant correlation was detected between nurse students’ stress and emotion-oriented coping and emotion processing. Also, a highly positive significant correlation was found between nurse students’ problem-oriented coping and emotion-oriented coping and emotion processing. Conclusion: Coping strategies had significant impact on lowering level of stress. Recommendations: Develop stress management program for nursing students to reduce levels of stress and develop proper coping strategies.

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