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SELF-ESTEEM AND STRESS AMONG GENERIC B.Sc. NURSING STUDENTS IN KATHMANDU VALLEY

SELF-ESTEEM AND STRESS AMONG GENERIC B.Sc. NURSING STUDENTS IN KATHMANDU VALLEY

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Background: Self-esteem is essential for self-worth, pride and achievement. One should believe in selves so that one could adequately cope with challenges of learning and daily life. Stress affects every individual and has a powerful impact on the mind and on an individual’s health and well-being. The objective of the study was to assess the self-esteem and stress among Generic B Sc Nursing students. Methods: Descriptive, Cross-sectional study research design was used to assess the self-esteem and stress among 125 Generic B.Sc. Nursing students from two nursing colleges of Kathmandu valley. The non-probability purposive sampling technique was used for setting selection and census technique was used for sample selection. Self-administered semi structured questionnaire, Rosenberg’s standardized Self-esteem Scale (RSES) and rating scale were used for the data collection. Descriptive statistics such as frequency, mean, standard deviation and inferential statistics Spearman’s (r) correlation test was used to identify association between self-esteem levels and stress (academic and clinical stress). Results: The mean of self-esteem was 3.03 with standard deviation of 0.339. Majority of respondents (82.4%) had high level of self-esteem. Mean academic stress level was 2.23 with standard deviation of 0.5. Regarding academic stress, majority of respondents (72.8%) had low stress followed by 26.4% mild and 0.8% had high level of stress. Regarding clinical, stress majority of respondents (70.4%) had low stress and 2.4% had high level of stress. Mean of clinical stress was 2.24 with standard deviation of 0.56. Regarding current year of study and academic stress there was significant association (p=0.00) and also significant association was found between current year of study and clinical stress (p=0.009). There was negative correlation between self-esteem level and clinical stress (r= -0.189) and self-esteem level and academic stress (r = -0.198). There was statistically significant relationship between self esteem level and clinical stress (p = 0.034), and self-esteem level and academic stress (p = 0.027). Conclusion: Students having high self-esteem are experiencing low clinical as well as academic stresses followed by students with average self-esteem are in high stress.

Keywords: Self-esteem, clinical stress, academic stress, nursing students.


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