Honors College Theses

Publication Date



Nursing (BSN)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (restricted to Georgia Southern)

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Celine Pfund


The negative consequences of stress can be felt across multiple systems of the body with both physical and psychological ramifications. Nursing students are typically known to have high stress levels. Stress in nursing students can arise from academic pressures, clinical experiences, and the attempt to balance self-care and personal lives with the demands of a rigorous degree program. For this project, I surveyed collegiate nursing students to determine their perceptions of factors relating to their stress and anxiety levels. Participants were presented with both quantitative and qualitative questions. Data collection was carried out using an online Qualtrics survey made available to nursing students on the Statesboro campus of Georgia Southern University. Quantitative data analysis was completed using the Qualtrics software and qualitative data analysis was completed thematically. It was determined that this population experiences high levels of stress and anxiety and it is imperative to identify effective ways to alleviate those levels. The goal of this research is to shed light on the importance of self-care and effective stress management techniques for nursing students. In addition, it is my hope that nursing professors and instructors can use this research to gain insight into how they can best support their students.