Nira Tamang1,2*, Saroj Rai3, Ping Ni2 and Jing Mao2
1Department of Nursing, Norvic International Hospital, Kathmandu, Nepal
2School of Nursing, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China
3Department of Orthopedics and Trauma Surgery, National Trauma Center, National Academy of Medical Sciences, Kathmandu, Nepal
*Corresponding Author: Nira Tamang, Department of Nursing, Norvic International Hospital, Kathmandu, Nepal.
Received: July 27, 2020; Published: July 30, 2020
Purpose: This study aimed to determine and compare the stress level, stressors and coping strategies and to investigate the relationship between stress, coping strategy and demographic characteristics among undergraduate health professional students.
Methods: In this cross-sectional, non-experimental and comparative study, a convenience sampling technique used to collect data from 280 students. We used a self-reported questionnaire including demographic characteristics of participants, Perceived Stress Scale, and Coping Behavior Inventory.
Results: Health professional students reported overall moderate level of stress while, nursing students showed mild stress whereas dental and clinical medicine students showed moderate stress. However, students were highly stressed by patient’s care, assignment and workload, lack of professional knowledge and skills, and environment, and minimally stressed by peers and daily life and teachers and other staffs. Stay-optimistic was mostly used coping strategy by nursing students and transference by dental and clinical medicine students whereas avoidance was the least used by all. Significant correlation of stress was found with coping strategy and previous health training.
Conclusion and Clinical Implications: Students face varieties of stressors during their clinical education. Therefore, students should be encouraged and motivated to adopt effective coping. Additionally, health training found positive role in reducing student’s stress so that medical courses are very necessary to the students before entering medical school.
Keywords: Stress; Stressor; Coping Strategy; Clinical Education; Health Professional Students
Citation: Nira Tamang., et al. “Perceived Level of Stress, Stressors and Coping Strategies among Undergraduate Health Professional Students during their Clinical Education: A Comparative Study”.Acta Scientific Paediatrics 3.8 (2020): 62-73.
Copyright: © 2020 Nira Tamang., et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.