Watson, R., Deary, I., Thompson, D. and Li, G. (2008) A study of stress and burnout in nursing students in Hong Kong: A questionnaire survey. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 45 (10). pp. 1534-1542. ISSN 0020-7489
Background: Stress in nursing students may be related to attrition from nursing programmes and lead to a shortage of nurses entering clinical careers. In addition, stress leads to psychological morbidity which may have profound adverse consequences for individual nursing students.
Objectives: To follow a cohort of nursing students from entry to their programme to the end of the first year and to study the interrelationship between a range of psychological variables including personality, stress, coping and burnout. Design: Prospective, repeated measures survey using self-administered questionnaires.
Setting: A university school of nursing in Hong Kong. Participants: Students were selected on the basis of entry to their nursing programme in 2004; 158 students entered the study and 147 completed; 37 were male and 121 were female at entry. The mean age of the cohort at entry was 19.1 (SD 0.85); ages ranged from 18-26.
Methods: The questionnaires administered at wave 1 were: the NEO Five Factor Inventory, the Coping in Stressful Situations questionnaire, the 12 item General Health Questionnaire, the Maslach Burnout Inventory and the Stress in Nursing Students questionnaire. At wave 2 the 12 item General Health Questionnaire, the Maslach Burnout Inventory and the Stress in Nursing Students questionnaire were administered .
Results: Students suffered greater levels of psychological morbidity and burnout at the second time wave and this was largely explained by the personality trait of Neuroticism. Stress also increased and this was largely explained by Emotion oriented coping.
Conclusions: Undertaking a nursing programme leads to increased level of stress, burnout and psychological morbidity and this is largely related to individual personality and coping traits.
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|Keywords:||burnout, coping, general health, nurses, stress, students|
|Institution:||The University of Sheffield|
|Academic Units:||The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health (Sheffield) > School of Nursing and Midwifery (Sheffield)|
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|Date Deposited:||08 Oct 2008 18:01|
|Last Modified:||08 Feb 2013 16:56|