Factors causing stress among nursing students in clinical practice: a scoping review

Jacinta Maria Pisco Alves Gomes*, Samuel Sampaio Sousa, Luís Sá

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Background: Nursing students report factors associated with high levels of stress in clinical practice, which are frequently experienced in this teaching-learning process. Objective: To map the scientific evidence available on factors causing stress among nursing students in clinical practice. Methodology: Scoping review based on the Joanna Briggs Institute methodology. The PCC (population, concept, and context) mnemonic was used. Two independent reviewers were involved in the process of selection, extraction, and analysis of articles. Results: Seventeen studies were included. The analysis revealed factors related to personal and professional aspects, to the clinical practice environment/structure and organization, as well as to support systems, namely the supervisory model used in this process. Conclusion: Stress-inducing factors influence the teaching-learning process of students in clinical practice. Therefore, teaching strategies should be designed to ensure the development of students’ skills during clinical practice.
Translated title of the contributionFatores indutores de stress nos estudantes de enfermagem em ensino clínico: scoping review
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere32425
Number of pages8
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 18 Jun 2024


  • Stress
  • Factors
  • Nursing students
  • Clinical internship
  • Nursing education


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