Presentation Type

Poster

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Nikita Duke

Location

University of North Alabama, Guillot University Center Atrium

Start Date

24-4-2018 11:00 AM

End Date

24-4-2018 12:30 PM

Description

Abstract

Objective: This study was conducted to assess the various levels of stress experienced by UNA nursing students and to determine a method to lower, or better manage, stress. Method: Using the program Qualtrics, an anonymous survey was created and sent to every student in the UNA Anderson College of Nursing to gather the data needed for the study. The survey asked a variety of questions that helped identify levels of stress across age and school year. The survey also assessed the following questions: causes of stress in nursing school, causes of stress out of nursing school, what aspects of school caused the most stress, how the individual copes with stress, whether or not they perceived their stress management tool as healthy, and if the student thought the college of nursing could do anything within reason to help lower the high stress levels associated with nursing school. Another focus of the survey was to see if the population would be interested in joining a group exercises program that was centered around stress reduction. Results: After assessing data from all 50 participants, it was concluded that 32 % of participants suffered continuously high levels of stress in nursing school and another 56% felt it often. The survey also showed that 78% of participants thought testing was the most stressful part of nursing school, followed by nursing simulation which made up 12%. The top four most used stress management tools used were sleep 20.13%, socialization 18.24%, watching television 14.47%, and exercise 13.21%. The study concluded that 56% of the students answered they would take advantage of an exercise program that focused on stress reduction and relaxation, while another 30% would consider it. Conclusion: In conclusion, perceived stress is very high in the UNA nursing program, however, the students have formed fairly-effective stress management tools and are open to working together to explore even better stress reduction options.

Keywords

sress management, stress reduction, stress intervention, coping, stress techniques, nursing school, nursing program, nursing curriculum, college student, undergraduates.

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Apr 24th, 11:00 AM Apr 24th, 12:30 PM

Stress Management in UNA Nursing Students

University of North Alabama, Guillot University Center Atrium

Abstract

Objective: This study was conducted to assess the various levels of stress experienced by UNA nursing students and to determine a method to lower, or better manage, stress. Method: Using the program Qualtrics, an anonymous survey was created and sent to every student in the UNA Anderson College of Nursing to gather the data needed for the study. The survey asked a variety of questions that helped identify levels of stress across age and school year. The survey also assessed the following questions: causes of stress in nursing school, causes of stress out of nursing school, what aspects of school caused the most stress, how the individual copes with stress, whether or not they perceived their stress management tool as healthy, and if the student thought the college of nursing could do anything within reason to help lower the high stress levels associated with nursing school. Another focus of the survey was to see if the population would be interested in joining a group exercises program that was centered around stress reduction. Results: After assessing data from all 50 participants, it was concluded that 32 % of participants suffered continuously high levels of stress in nursing school and another 56% felt it often. The survey also showed that 78% of participants thought testing was the most stressful part of nursing school, followed by nursing simulation which made up 12%. The top four most used stress management tools used were sleep 20.13%, socialization 18.24%, watching television 14.47%, and exercise 13.21%. The study concluded that 56% of the students answered they would take advantage of an exercise program that focused on stress reduction and relaxation, while another 30% would consider it. Conclusion: In conclusion, perceived stress is very high in the UNA nursing program, however, the students have formed fairly-effective stress management tools and are open to working together to explore even better stress reduction options.

https://ir.una.edu/researchdays/2018/posters/5