Experiences of Students in Pediatric Nursing Clinical Courses

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Date: April-June 2001
Publisher: Wiley Subscription Services, Inc.
Document Type: Article
Length: 149 words

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ISSUES AND PURPOSE. Learning may be inhibited if students experience undue stress in the clinical setting. This study described the stresses, challenges, and emotions experienced by pediatric nursing students. DESIGN AND METHODS. Students (n = 75) completed a modified Pagana Clinical Stress Questionnaire at the end of their pediatric nursing clinical course. The comparison group of students (n = 383) was enrolled in nonpediatric clinical courses in the same nursing programs. RESULTS. The most stressful aspect of clinical practice was giving medications to children. High stress scores were related to more fear and disappointment in clinical practice. Students who experienced high stress were less stimulated by their clinical activities and developed less confidence in practice. PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS. Knowledge of students' perceptions of clinical stress can help educators and clinicians promote a positive and rewarding clinical atmosphere. Search terms: Associate degree nursing students, baccalaureate nursing students, pediatric nursing, psychosocial stress

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Gale Document Number: GALE|A74483059