Perception of The Nursing Profession And Academic And Work-Related Stress Among Nursing Students In Bhutan

International Journal of Nursing and Health Science
© 2019 by SSRG - IJNHS Journal
Volume 5 Issue 3
Year of Publication : 2019
Authors : Ugyen Wangdi, Nidup Dorji
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Ugyen Wangdi, Nidup Dorji, "Perception of The Nursing Profession And Academic And Work-Related Stress Among Nursing Students In Bhutan," SSRG International Journal of Nursing and Health Science, vol. 5,  no. 3, pp. 12-18, 2019. Crossref,


A. Introduction - Quality of healthcare is a concern for every government, service provider, and consumer of healthcare services. The attitude of healthcare professionals towards their profession and the prevalence of academic and work-related stress during training greatly influence the delivery of quality health care. However, there is paucity in the scientific study to assess perceptions towards the nursing profession, academic and work-related stress among nursing students in Bhutan.
B. Methods - A descriptive cross-sectional survey was conducted to assess the perception of nursing students towards the nursing profession, academic and work-related stress. A purposive sampling method was used. Two hundred nursing students participated in the survey with a return rate of 98.04%. Data were obtained through a self-administered structured questionnaire. Descriptive and bivariate analysis was performed using Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) version 21.0.
C. Results - The mean score for the perception towards the nursing profession was 71.59 (SD=5.37; Range: 55-84). Almost all (99%) perceived the nursing profession as an opportunity to serve humanity. Level of nursing training (p<0.001) and the experience of admission to hospital (p<0.05) influenced perception towards the nursing profession. The mean academic stress was 48.29 (SD=8.82; Range:22-75). Workload and preparation for examinations (92%) and assignments (90.5%) contributed to high academic stress. The mean work-related stress was 19.69 (SD=4.83; Range:7-30). Lack of professional knowledge and skills (81%), the uncertainty of patient treatment (80%), conflict in the workplace (79%), death, and dying (78%) added to high work-related stress. Ethnicity (p<0.05), parent's education level (p<0.05), and the experience of hospitalization (p<0.01) were associated with stress.
D. Conclusion - My perception of the nursing profession was positive. However, nursing students confronted high levels of academic and work-related stress during training. Nursing educators and clinical facilitators need to be sensitive about the prevalence of stressors and facilitate effective coping strategies.


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