PRACTICE COPING BEHAVIORS IN CLINICAL AMONG NURSING STUDENTS
Background: Coping is an alleviating factor that could assist individuals to balance psychosocial adaptation during a stressful event. Nurses perceived stress during clinical practice can be controlled using coping mechanism. Purpose: This study aims to identify the perception of coping behaviors among student nurses in clinical practice at a private nursing college, Selangor. Method: This is a cross-sectional, quantitative, descriptive study. A simple random sampling method was employed in this study. A self-administered questionnaire, Coping Behaviors Inventory (CBI) was used to measure coping behavior among nursing students. A total of 145 students participated in the survey. Results: Findings of the study revealed that overall coping behavior of student nurses was moderate (M=3.34, SD=0.55). The preferred coping behaviors reported by students include transference behavior (M=3.84, SD=0.89), Problem solving behavior (M=3.75 SD=0.46), optimistic behavior (M=3.35, SD=0.53) and avoidance behaviors (M=2.44, SD=0.58). There was no significant difference between demographic variables (age, gender, and semester of clinical training) and overall coping behaviors among student nurses. However, there was a statistically significant difference between age and transference behavior, gender and problem-solving behavior, and semester and optimistic behavior. Conclusion: Nursing educators play a vital role to understand students’ coping behaviors, and to provide them guidance to cope better in the clinical settings.
Keywords:Perception, Coping Behaviors, Nursing Students
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