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Stress and your nursing studies: how to minimise and manage it

When you’re feeling overwhelmed, understanding the triggers of stress can help you cope

When you’re feeling overwhelmed, understanding the triggers of stress can help you cope

Few nursing students expect to go through their degree without experiencing some level of stress – but the danger is when it becomes all-consuming.

‘Nursing students have always been anxious about the quality of care they give, and that’s motivated by wanting to provide the best,’ says Tonks Fawcett, professor of student learning (nurse education) at the University of Edinburgh. ‘But that’s different from finding the experience miserable.’

What causes stress for nursing students?

There are many triggers for stress among nursing students. On clinical placements, stress can be caused by a lack of resources and staff

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