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Nurse Educ Pract. 2015 May;15(3):192-5. doi: 10.1016/j.nepr.2014.11.008. Epub 2014 Nov 18.

Assessment of nursing students' stress levels and coping strategies in operating room practice.

Author information

1
Trakya University Faculty of Health Sciences, Nursing Department, Edirne, Turkey. Electronic address: uyildizfindik@mynet.com.
2
Istanbul University Florence Nightingale Nursing Faculty, İstanbul, Turkey. Electronic address: ayferozbas@hotmail.com.
3
Istanbul University Florence Nightingale Nursing Faculty, İstanbul, Turkey. Electronic address: ikbal@istanbul.edu.tr.
4
Trakya University Faculty of Health Sciences, Nursing Department, Edirne, Turkey. Electronic address: sacideyildizeli@yahoo.com.
5
Namık Kemal University, School of Health, Tekirdağ, Turkey. Electronic address: eonler@nku.edu.tr.

Abstract

The aim of this study was to evaluate the stress levels and stress coping strategies of nursing students in their first operating room experience. This descriptive study was done with 126 nursing students who were having an experience in an operating room for the first time. Data were collected by using Personal Information Form, Clinical Stress Questionnaire, and Styles of Coping Inventory. The nursing students mostly had low clinical stress levels (M = 27.56, SD = 10.76) and adopted a self-confident approach in coping with stress (M = 14.3, SD = 3.58). The nursing students generally employed a helpless/self-accusatory approach among passive patterns as their clinical stress levels increased, used a self-confident and optimistic approach among active patterns as their average age increased, and those who had never been to an operating room previously used a submissive approach among passive patterns. The results showed that low levels of stress caused the nursing students to use active patterns in coping with stress, whereas increasing levels of stress resulted in employing passive patterns in stress coping. The nursing students should be ensured to maintain low levels of stress and use active patterns in stress coping.

KEYWORDS:

Clinical stress; Coping with stress; Nursing student; Operating room practice

PMID:
25801218
DOI:
10.1016/j.nepr.2014.11.008
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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