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Nurse Educ Today. 2014 Jan;34(1):73-7. doi: 10.1016/j.nedt.2013.02.021. Epub 2013 Apr 6.

Predictors of Taiwanese baccalaureate nursing students' physio-psycho-social responses during clinical practicum.

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  • 1School of Nursing, Kaohsiung Medical University, Taiwan; Department of Nursing, I-Shou University, Taiwan.


The nursing educational process may contribute to stress in nursing students, particularly during clinical rotations. This descriptive study explored the relationships between perceived stress, coping behaviors, personality traits, and physio-psycho-social responses in a clinical practicum among baccalaureate nursing students and identified predictors for physio-psycho-social responses. A cross-sectional design was employed. One hundred and one juniors enrolled in a four-year baccalaureate nursing program in Taiwan participated in this study. Four structured questionnaires were utilized to collect data. Multiple regression analysis showed that three predictors accounted for 53.2% of the variance in students' physio-psycho-social responses, including perceived stress, students' gender, and personality traits. The implication for nursing educators is providing immediate assistance and appropriate support to guide students through difficult learning when they need. Nursing instructors also should pay attention to students' gender-linked differences and be aware of individuals' personality traits, especially those with emotional instability, unsocial behaviors, and depressive signs.

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Baccalaureate nursing student; Coping behavior; Perceived stress; Personality traits; Physio–psycho-social responses

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