Journal of Education and
Research in Nursing
Research Article - Diğer

Assessment of the Nursing Students’ Coping Levels with Stress: Results of the One-Year Observation


Acıbadem Üniversitesi Sağlık Bilimleri Fakültesi Hemşirelik Bölümü, İstanbul


Acıbadem Sağlık Grubu Hemşirelik Hizmetleri, İstanbul

Journal of Education and Research in Nursing 2010; 7: 44-51
Read: 539 Downloads: 183 Published: 01 April 2010

OBJECTIVE: This study is designed in order to observe the change in the coping levels with stress of nursing students. The study is a descriptive, cohort study.

METHODS: Population of the study is composed of 1st year students (N=100) enrolled to the nursing program of a private university in Istanbul. Data is accumulated through face-to-face interview after receiving a written consent from the subjects. The data stage is accumulated in the first week of students at the university and at the end of the 1st year. Student identification forms and "Coping with Stress Scale (CSS)" is used Numerical and percentile distribution, arithmetic mean, "t" test and correlation analysis are used in the analysis of the data. Cronbach Alpha coefficient is found as 0.84 of CSS. A confidence level of 95% and a statistical significance level of p 0.05 are utilized in the evaluation of results.

RESULTS: It was determined that 10% of the students are male and the mean age of the students was 19.69±1.20. That students coming out of the town were 59% and that 60% of those were living at houses. The scores mean in CSS was 156.99±15.98 (114-191) in the first application, 160.26±13.81(125-195) in the second application and 159.86±15.30 (127-231) in the third application. Statistically significant difference was determined between the first and second applications mean scores of the CSS (p 0.05). In sub-groups "Actively coping with stress" and "Positive Re-interpretation" and "Seeking Social Support (emotional)" and "Approaching with Humor" statistically significant difference was determined between the first and second applications (p 0.05). There was not statistically significant difference between the second and third applications mean scores of the CSS.

CONCLUSION: It can be said that nursing students, who experience stress at most in getting into a university and relocating, are in a good condition in coping with stress and that their coping levels have improved compared to earlier times.

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