Examination of nursing students' anxiety levels related to clinical practice with respect to peer support

Perspect Psychiatr Care. 2021 Jul;57(3):1114-1119. doi: 10.1111/ppc.12664. Epub 2020 Oct 28.


Purpose: To investigate the relationship between stress and anxiety levels of nursing students at during their first clinical practice.

Design and methods: Designed as a quasi-experimental study with a study group (n = 13) and a control group (n = 13) among nursing students at a university.

Findings: Students who practiced in the clinic for the first time experienced stress and anxiety, and their stress levels increased with high levels of state anxiety. The stress and anxiety decreased using peer support of the study group there was no change in the control group.

Implications for nursing practice: It is recommended that nursing students who enter clinical practice for the first time use peer support to reduce stress and anxiety in clinical practice.

Keywords: anxiety; clinical practice; nursing student; peer support; stress.

MeSH terms

  • Anxiety
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Education, Nursing, Baccalaureate*
  • Humans
  • Students, Nursing*
  • Universities