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CorrelationsBetween Stress and Anxiety Levels in Nursing Students

DatePublished: August 2012EvaluationReport

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Due to the recurrent challenges that student nurses undergo in attempts to manage stress, the present study aimed to explain socio-demographic facts and correlate levels of stress and anxiety.

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Stress was defined as a psychophysiological disorder triggered by the interaction with various stressors. Biologically, it is the physiological response by an organism in search of homeostasis. On the other hand, anxiety was described as a kind of emotion expressed by an apprehensive and mentally exhausting reaction that results from a feeling of looming but an inevitable threat. All through their academic course, student nurses are always faced with circumstances that create psychological stress and nervousness, hence causing significance to the research to show the connection between the two aspects.


The heightened levels of stress and anxiety in scholars of nursing course were tested in a social constructivist school. The study used a transversal, correlational, and descriptive method to assess the levels of the two aspects as well as to gauge the degree of other socio-demographic variables on students. Many learners were summoned to take part but the final number of participants in the research was 71. Those interested begun by filling in the socio-demographic forms. Sequentially, the entries were evaluated so as to scrutinize those with least scores or those who were unable to contribute to the success of the research. The research team utilized an MS-Excel spreadsheet for the process of data analysis and elaboration of the database. After that, they used the version 17.0 of SPSS software for inferential and descriptive statistical examination of facts. In addition, standard deviation and mean parameters were employed for graphic analysis while the Mann-Whitney test aided in the comparisons.


The key finding was that there was a strong positive relationship between anxiety and stress. The average age of the participants was 28 years old. Of the whole student population, about 90.44% were females while the remaining 9.56% were males. 23 of the participants achieved an average stress mark of 64.79% and the other 48 had 2.8% which was considered as a risky score. The proportionality in standard deviation and mean for stress levels made it possible to conduct a Pearson correlation test for the variables. Ultimately, the relationships proved to be positive.


Because of the noticeable correlation, it was pointed out that there is difficulty in distinguishing anxiety and stress. Both are components of personality and are determined by specific traits which manifest depending with the scope of ambiguity. The study was done at São Joaquim Nursing School as it is the center that approves all the procedures that were demanded by the research.


The study utilized a total of 21 references to support the literature review and the research phase.

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There is a higher occurrence of stress and anxiety among nursing students. The levels among care givers are predominant because they are always in direct and constant connection with suffering, pain, anguish, fear, and death. Apart from having an effect on the quality of care, these factors may instigate emotional and physical strains. Stress and anxiety are burdens to students because it leads them to aggressive behaviors whenever they are handling patients with divergent ailments.


The researchers have highlighted that professionals should conduct education and it must include social-constructive approaches. Additionally, students are encouraged to be strong in decision making and incorporate morals in their actions.

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Ina case where there is a high level of stress, there is alsways acorresponding increase in anxiety. The most prominent correlation isnormally between the state and trait of anxiety.


Kurebayashi,L. F. S., Do Prado, J. M., &amp Da Silva, M. J. P. (2012).Correlations between stress and anxiety levels in nursing students.Journalof Nursing Education and Practice,2(3), 128.

OnerAltiok, H., &amp Ustun, B. (2013). The Stress Sources of NursingStudents. Educational Sciences: Theory and Practice,13(2),760-766.