Stress and coping strategies among Saudi nursing students during clinical education

Perspect Psychiatr Care. 2018 Apr;54(2):198-205. doi: 10.1111/ppc.12223. Epub 2017 May 18.


Purpose: The purpose of this study was to determine the stress level and coping strategies among undergraduate Saudi female nursing students during their clinical education.

Design and methods: In this study, a descriptive correlational cross-sectional design was used. The Demographic Information Questionnaire, Perceived Stress Scale, and Coping Behavior Inventory were completed by 121 female Saudi undergraduate nursing students.

Findings: The findings showed that stress from taking care of the patient subscale (M = 12.0, SD = 5.0) was ranked the highest mean among all perceived stress subscale scores. The most commonly used coping strategies among nursing students in clinical practice was a problem-solving strategy (M = 15.8, SD = 4.3).

Practice implications: Facilitating the use of effective coping strategies in nursing students will promote quality of care for their patients.

Keywords: Saudi Arabia; clinical education; coping; nursing; stress; students.

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological*
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Occupational Stress / psychology*
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Students, Nursing / psychology*
  • Young Adult