Global Advanced Research Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences (GARJMMS) ISSN: 2315-5159
May 2015 Vol. 4(5), pp. 240-247
Copyright © 2015 Global Advanced Research Journals


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Stress and Coping Among Nursing Students During Their Practical Education in Psychiatric Settings: A Literature Review

Abdulkarim Alzayyat1*, Obay A. Almaraira2 and Yahia M. Al-helih2

1Lecturer, Nursing Department, Al-Ghad International Colleges for Applied Medical Sciences, Abha - Kingdom of Saudi Arabia P.O. Box 183499 Amman, 11118 Jordan
2Lecturer, Nursing Department, Al-Farabi College, Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

*Corresponding Author E-mail:; Tel: (966) 0 582303733

Accepted 29 April, 2015


This paper was aim to review studies about stress and coping among nursing students during their psychiatric clinical education. The search involved utilization of these databases: MEDLINE (Medical literature on-Line), CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature), PsycINFO (Psychology Information) and PubMed (Psychology Information). The review included those studies that published between 2004 and 2014; reported in English, and about psychiatric nursing clinical education. Five studies met the inclusion criteria. The results revealed that patients’ care, relationships in clinical settings, and academic demands were considered the highest reported stressors. In terms of coping, the students usually utilized ineffective coping strategies to handle these clinical stressors. This review expands the existing knowledge concerning stress in clinical psychiatric settings and provides recommendations for future research. Nursing teachers should utilize the findings of this review to direct their students during clinical practice in psychiatric settings. This could help in promoting the quality of nursing education programs and improving the psychological health of the nursing students.

Keywords: clinical practice, coping, nursing students, psychiatric/mental health nursing, and stress.

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