Campus Location

Dallas Campus (Online)

Date of Award


Document Type

DNP Project



Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Committee Chair or Primary Advisor

Theresa M Schwindenhammer

Second Committee Member or Secondary Advisor

Marcia Sotelo, DNP, RN, CNE


The assessment of perceived stress and coping behaviors related to first-semester clinical might benefit students in nursing education. The assessment of most common coping behaviors and perceived stress related to the clinical setting is essential due to difference in personalities, learning abilities, and coping behaviors among nursing students today. Previous research has suggested the initial clinical period results in adverse outcomes, such as poor academic performance, elevated burnout levels, and diminished personal well-being. These factors are detrimental to academic success in nursing programs. Evidence supports that helping students develop positive stress/coping abilities will aid in adapting in both the academic and clinical settings. The goal of this DNP project was to identify common coping behaviors and areas of perceived stress to aid in filling a curriculum gap noted in Domain 10 of The Essentials developed by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

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