Experiences of students in pediatric nursing clinical courses.

Journal Article (Multicenter Study;Journal Article)

Issues and purpose

Learning may be inhibited if students experience undue stress in the clinical setting. This study described the stresses, challenges, and emotions experienced by pediatric nursing students.

Design and methods

Students (n = 75) completed a modified Pagana Clinical Stress Questionnaire at the end of their pediatric nursing clinical course. The comparison group of students (n = 383) was enrolled in nonpediatric clinical courses in the same nursing programs.


The most stressful aspect of clinical practice was giving medications to children. High stress scores were related to more fear and disappointment in clinical practice. Students who experienced high stress were less stimulated by their clinical activities and developed less confidence in practice.

Practice implications

Knowledge of students' perceptions of clinical stress can help educators and clinicians promote a positive and rewarding clinical atmosphere.

Full Text

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Oermann, MH; Lukomski, AP

Published Date

  • April 2001

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 6 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 65 - 72

PubMed ID

  • 11326463

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1088-145X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/j.1744-6155.2001.tb00123.x


  • eng