Working Nursing Students Willing to Seek Psychological Services

  • Lenora F. DeBordEmail author
  • Mary Laurie Branstetter
  • Lynette S. Smith
Original Paper


Work-related psychological stress may result in reduced coping abilities. Working nursing students can develop work-related psychological stress. This study’s purpose was to describe first-year working rural nursing students with work-related psychological stress and their perception of stigma to psychological services and perceived willingness and openness to seek such services. Results showed over 55% of students reported work-related stress and a willingness to seek psychological services. Students in a licensed practical nursing program showed less stigma to seeking psychological services (F (2, 23) = 10.09, p = 0.001) as compared to higher degree seeking students in associate and bachelor nursing programs. Stigma appeared not to be a factor in rural nursing students seeking psychological services. In conclusion, working nursing students are willing to seek psychological services regardless of stigma.


Work-related stress Psychological stress Nursing student Treatment 


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Conflict of Interest

The authors report no conflicts of interest. The primary investigator assumes responsibility for the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Western Kentucky UniversityBowling GreenUSA

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