A Study on Level and Sources of Stress in Nursing Students


Abbas Abbaszadeh 1 , * , Farokh Abazary 1 , Mansour Arab 1


How to Cite: Abbaszadeh A, Abazary F , Arab M . A Study on Level and Sources of Stress in Nursing Students, Strides Dev Med Educ. 2004 ; 1(1):e57356.


Strides in Development of Medical Education: 1 (1); e57356
Published Online: June 17, 2004
Article Type: Research Article
Received: July 03, 2017
Accepted: January 28, 2004




Background: Nursing is a stressful profession and nursing students are exposed to high levels of
stress in both theoretical and clinical components of their educational programme. This fact not
only affects their academic performance, but also may lead to various physical and psychological
Objective: The purpose of this study was to investigate the level and sources of stress in nursing
students of Kerman, Zarand, Bam and Jiroft nursing schools.
Methods: It was a descriptive study on 274 volunteer baccalaureate-nursing students selected by
randomized clustering method. Data were collected by questionnaire and analyzed by using
parametric statistics.
Results: Mean score of students’ stress level was 2.96 at the range of 1-5. The highest stress levels
were related to copying with personal problems ( x =3.40), feeling anxious ( x =3.34) and
experiencing anger in facing every problem ( x =3.31). Among sources of stress, lack of agreement
between theoretical and clinical trainings ( x =3.50), educational achievements and qualification
for the job ( x =3.40), and attitude and expectations of others toward nursing profession ( x =3.30)
have the most important roles. There was a significant relationship between the stress level and
having living mother, and father’s educational level (P<0.05). There were also significant
relationships between sources of stress and factors of city, sex, living mother, age and residency
statue (P<0.05). There was a reverse relationship between age and stress level.
Conclusion: In order to reduce stress level and provide educational improvement in nursing
students, decreasing sources of stress and introducing coping strategies are highly recommended.


Stress sources, Stress level, Nursing students

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