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Nursing students in Iran identify the clinical environment stressors

Authors

  • Shahla Najafi Doulatabad MSc in Nursing,

    Instructor
    1. Department of Medical Surgical Nursing, Yasuj University of Medical Sciences, Yasuj, Iran
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  • Sima Mohamadhosaini MSc in Nursing,

    Instructor
    1. Department of Medical Surgical Nursing, Yasuj University of Medical Sciences, Yasuj, Iran
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  • Hamid Reza Ghafarian Shirazi PhD in Biostatic,

    Assistant Professor
    1. Department of Social Medicine, Yasuj University of Medical Sciences, Yasuj, Iran
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  • Zinat Mohebbi MSc and PhD Candidate in Nursing

    Instructor, Corresponding author
    1. Student Research Committee, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran
    • Correspondence: Zinat Mohebbi, Nursing and Midwifery College, Nemazi Square, Zand Street, Shiraz 71936-13119, Iran. Email: mohebbi04@yahoo.com

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Abstract

Stress at clinical environment is one of the cases that could affect the education quality among nursing students. The study aims to investigate Iranian nursing students' perceptions on the stressors in clinical environment in the South Western part of Iran. A cross-sectional descriptive study was conducted in 2010 to include 300 nursing students after their completion of second clinical nursing course in a hospital environment. Data were collected using a researcher-made questionnaire, with focus on the clinical environment stressors from personal, educational and training viewpoints. Data analysis was performed using SPSS software (IBM Corporation, Armonk, NY, USA) and descriptive statistics tests. Among the various stressors, the highest scores were given to the faculty (71 ± 19.77), followed by the students' personal characteristics (43.15 ± 21.79). Given that faculty-related factors provoked more stress in nursing students, nursing administration should diligently evaluate and improve communication skills among faculty to reduce student stress and enhance learning.

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