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J Prof Nurs. 2009 Sep-Oct;25(5):307-13. doi: 10.1016/j.profnurs.2009.01.018.

Hong Kong baccalaureate nursing students' stress and their coping strategies in clinical practice.

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Department of Surgery, Prince of Wales Hospital, HKSAR China.

Abstract

This study examined Hong Kong baccalaureate nursing students' stress and their coping strategies in clinical practice. Two hundred five nursing students completed a self-administrative survey including demographics, Perceived Stress Scale, and Coping Behavior Inventory. Results showed that students perceived a moderate level of stress (M = 2.10, SD =0.44). The most common stressor was lack of professional knowledge and skills. Among the four types of coping strategies (transference, stay optimistic, problem solving, and avoidance), transference was the most frequently used. Furthermore, senior students who perceived a higher level of stress from taking care of patients were more likely to choose problem-solving strategies. Senior students who had no religious belief and perceived a higher level of stress from teachers and nursing staff were more likely to use avoidance strategies. The results provided valuable information for clinical educators in identifying students' needs, facilitating their learning in the clinical setting, and developing effective interventions to reduce stress.

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19751936
DOI:
10.1016/j.profnurs.2009.01.018
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