Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Are nursing students angry people?

Roger Watson, Editor-in-Chief

The answer to the question is that they are more angry than other university students according to this article from Korea by Jun et al. (2017) titled: 'Comparing Anger, Anger Expression, Life Stress, and Social Support Between Korean Female Nursing and General University Students' and published in JAN which aimed to: 'compare anger, anger expression, life stress and social support among female students at a nursing university and a general university and to examine factors affecting anger in each group.'

Nearly 300 female university students, approximately divided into two equal groups of nursing students and other university students participated in the study which required them to complete a questionnaire on anger and sources of anger. The results showed that: '(n)ursing students’ anger scores were slightly higher than the scale’s median value but significantly higher than general students’ scores. Additionally, nursing students’ anger scores in this study were higher than those recorded by homeless people (who commonly reported alcohol problems and difficulty maintaining peer and familial relationships) using the same scale...' The reasons for the higher levels of anger in the nursing students was not clear but it may be the nature of their programme, as the authors explain: 'South Korean nursing students must complete large amounts of homework in each major course to satisfy nursing program certification standards set by the Korean Accreditation Board of Nursing Education.'

In conclusion the authors say: 'High levels of anger in health care providers may lead to poor mental health and reduced care quality. It is therefore particularly important to manage anger among nursing students' and '(a)nger expression and same-sex peer relationships affected nursing students’ anger...(t)herefore, nursing training programs should aim to reduce their students’ same-sex peer relationship stress and provide beneficial anger expression techniques.'

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Reference

Jun, W. H. and Lee, G. (2017), Comparing Anger, Anger Expression, Life Stress, and Social Support Between Korean Female Nursing and General University Students. J Adv Nurs. doi:10.1111/jan.13354

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