LEVEL OF ANXIETY AMONG STUDENT NURSES BEFORE CARING FOR THE PATIENT WITH MENTAL ILLNESS IN SELECTED COLLEGES
Kalavalli* and Malarvizhi
Kalavalli* and Malarvizhi
Anxiety can be conceptualized as a normal and adaptive response to threat that prepares the organism for flight or fight. An anxiety level differ from individual to individual according to the age group. Anxiety becomes abnormal when it is excessive or its timing is inappropriate with regard to the threat. Empathy is one of the fundamental concepts in nursing, and it is an ability that can be learned. Various education models have been tested for improving empathic skills. Research has focused on using oral presentations, videos, modeling, practiced negotiation based on experiences, and psychodrama methods, such as role playing, as ways to improve empathy in participants 5. Statement of the present study was to assess the level of Anxiety among student nurses before caring for the patient with mental illness in selected colleges. The Objectives are to assess the level of anxiety among students nursing before caring for patients with mental illness and to associate the level of anxiety with the selected demographic variables. Descriptive study design was adopted for this study. Setting of the study was College of nursing and 20 samples were selected by using convenient non-probability sampling technique. Nursing students were gathered in the class after obtaining permission. Uniformly questionnaires were given along with detailed explanation by the investigators and the data were collected. Data was analysed in terms of objective of study by using descriptive statistics and inferential statistics. Findings of the study shows that Majority of students nurses had 12(60%) moderate anxiety level and there was no significant association between the level of anxiety and demographic variables. Student nurse’s experiences anxiety producing situations in the clinical settings which will result in feeling of incompetent, lack of professional nursing skills and knowledge to take care of various patients especially patients with mental illness in clinical experience. Study concluded that nursing students need preparation training and counselling to handle patients with mental illness.[Full Text Article]
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