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J Prof Nurs. 2003 Jan-Feb;19(1):38-48.

Evaluation of an informal peer group experience on baccalaureate nursing students' emotional well-being and professional socialization.

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School of Nursing, The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA. lchughes@email.unc.edu

Abstract

Although studies have documented the importance of the academic environment in promoting positive outcomes among students, few quantitative studies in nursing have been performed to identify strategies through which a nurturing learning environment can be created. A randomized two-group pretest-posttest design was used to investigate effects of an informal peer group experience on baccalaureate nursing students' emotional well-being and professional socialization as caring practitioners. Groups did not differ significantly on the outcomes measured in this study. As a whole, students showed statistically significant increases in anxiety, depression, and negative affect, along with decreased self-esteem and positive affect during the junior year of nursing school. Psychological problems and stress-related symptoms have been well documented among college students in general and professional students in particular. Although the findings from this study are not unique, they suggest the need to reconsider strategies by which the affective and professional socialization goals of undergraduate nursing education can be achieved.

PMID:
12649818
DOI:
10.1053/jpnu.2003.9
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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