Coping Mechanisms for Stress and Anxiety in Undergraduate Nursing Students

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Samantha Erny
Zoe McIntosh
Molly Pierce
Andrew Boys
Ryan Denoma
Anna Koniecyznski
Paul Lewis


By Samantha Erny, Nursing; Zoe McIntosh, Nursing; Molly Pierce, Nursing; Andrew Boys, Nursing; Ryan Denoma, Nursing; Anna Koniecyznski, Nursing

Advisor: Paul Lewis

Presentation ID: 49

Abstract: The intensity and rigor of nursing school has been reported to cause 30.2% of students' high levels of anxiety and 82.4% moderate stress. The purpose of our educational project is to teach first year undergraduate nursing students coping strategies to manage their stress and anxiety related to nursing school. We conducted a fifteen-minute educational session on stress and anxiety through a PowerPoint presentation, video, handout, and pre/post surveys to assess the effectiveness of our teaching. This included teachings about various coping mechanisms, positive and negative means of coping, and how these strategies can be utilized by nursing students. After implementing our education plan, 60% of students felt "informed" and 40% of students felt "very informed" compared to 21.6% and 0% respectively before the education. The students were also provided with an educational handout and verbalized their increase in knowledge of coping skills for stress and anxiety.

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Category: Preparing and Sustaining Nursing Professionals