STRESS, STRESSORS AND COPING STRATEGIES AMONG UNIVERSITY NURSING STUDENTS

  • Retneswari Masilamani Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. UCSI University, 56000 Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia.
  • Myat Moe Thwe Aung Faculty of Medicine. Sultan Zainal Abidin University. 24000 Kuala Terengganu. Malaysia
  • Hamidah Othman School of Nursing Science. Faculty of Medicine. Sultan Zainal Abidin University. 24000 Kuala Terengganu. Malaysia
  • Aini Abu Bakar Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. UCSI University, 56000 Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia
  • Tan Chung Keat Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. UCSI University, 56000 Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia
  • Sugapriyan Ravichandran. Monash Health Centre. Clayton, Victoria 3168. Australia
  • Lim Kit Wing Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. UCSI University, 56000 Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia
  • Chuah Wei Hong Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. UCSI University, 56000 Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia
  • Lim Kok Hong Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. UCSI University, 56000 Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia
  • Ng Elson Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. UCSI University, 56000 Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia
  • Tan Jef Wayna Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. UCSI University, 56000 Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia
  • Vickneshan Selvathurai Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. UCSI University, 56000 Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia
  • Tan Ze Xuan Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. UCSI University, 56000 Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia
  • Surein Prasad Jagajarantan Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. 56000 UCSI University, Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia
Keywords: student nurses, stress, student nurse stress, stressors, coping strategies, university student nurses

Abstract

Literature has documented that student nurses undergo stress in their academic and clinical setting. This raises concerns because stress during undergraduate training may result in psychological or emotional impairment during the nurses’ professional life and ultimately affect the quality of patient care. The Objective of the study was to study the prevalence of stress, and the association between sociodemographic factors, stressors and coping strategies with stress. This was a cross-sectional study on 96-year 1-3 nursing students from a government university done between 2015-2018. Bahasa Malaysia translated The General Health Questionnaire, Stressors in Nursing Student Scale Questionnaire and Brief COPE Questionnaire was used in this study. This study had Malay (95.9%) and female (91.7%) dominated population. The prevalence of stress in student nurses was 25%. No association was reported between sociodemographic factors and stress. Among the 4 stressors educational, clinical, confidence and financial, clinical stressor scored the highest mean 6.40 (SD±3.66). Confidence stressor (AOR=1.26 95% CI 1.04-1.53) was the only stressor associated with stress. The top 3 coping strategies practiced by the student nurses were religion (praying), acceptance and planning. Self-blame (AOR 8.18 95% CI 1.86-35.91) was the only coping strategy associated with stress. Stress management programmes, and workshops on stress and coping strategies should be conducted yearly to ensure a well-balanced environment for good learning experiences and prevent stress related health problems and improved academic performance.

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Published
2019-04-01
How to Cite
Retneswari Masilamani, Myat Moe Thwe Aung, Hamidah Othman, Aini Abu Bakar, Tan Chung Keat, Sugapriyan Ravichandran., Lim Kit Wing, Chuah Wei Hong, Lim Kok Hong, Ng Elson, Tan Jef Wayna, Vickneshan Selvathurai, Tan Ze Xuan, & Surein Prasad Jagajarantan. (2019). STRESS, STRESSORS AND COPING STRATEGIES AMONG UNIVERSITY NURSING STUDENTS. Malaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine, 19(2), 20-28. Retrieved from http://mjphm.org/index.php/mjphm/article/view/168