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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 278-282

The relationship of nursing students’ personality traits with their perceived stress in clinical environment


Department of Nursing, Abhar School of Nursing, Zanjan University of Medical Sciences, Zanjan, Iran

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Seyed Kazem Mousavi
Department of Nursing, Abhar School of Nursing, Zanjan University of Medical Sciences, Zanjan.
Iran
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/nms.nms_108_20

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Background: Clinical education is the most stressful part of education for nursing students. This study investigated the relationship of nursing students’ personality traits with their perceived stress in clinical environment. Objectives: This study aimed at investigating the relationship of nursing students’ personality traits with their perceived stress in clinical environment. Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted in October 2020 on 215 nursing students. Participants were selected through stratified random sampling from Zanjan University of Medical Sciences, Zanjan, Iran. Data collection instruments were a demographic questionnaire, the NEO Personality Inventory short form, and the Perceived Stress Scale. Data analysis was done through the independent-samples t-test, Pearson’s correlation analysis, and one-way analysis of variance. Results: The mean score of perceived stress was 43.74±10.25 out of 56, implying high level of stress. Neuroticism personality trait had significant positive correlation with perceived stress (P < 0.001), whereas extraversion and agreeableness personality traits had significant negative correlations with perceived stress (P < 0.05). Conclusion: Healthcare authorities need to employ strategies to identify nursing students who are at risk for stress and improve their psychological readiness for attending clinical environment.


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