Evaluation of an informal peer group experience on baccalaureate nursing students' emotional well-being and professional socialization

Linda C. Hughes, Patricia Romick, M. Kay Sandor, Carolyn A. Phillips, Judy Glaister, Karla Levy, Julie Rock

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Abstract

Although studies have documented the importance of the academic environment in promoting positive outcomes among students, few quantitative studies in nursing have been performed to identify strategies through which a nurturing learning environment can be created. A randomized two-group pretest-posttest design was used to investigate effects of an informal peer group experience on baccalaureate nursing students' emotional well-being and professional socialization as caring practitioners. Groups did not differ significantly on the outcomes measured in this study. As a whole, students showed statistically significant increases in anxiety, depression, and negative affect, along with decreased self-esteem and positive affect during the junior year of nursing school. Psychological problems and stress-related symptoms have been well documented among college students in general and professional students in particular. Although the findings from this study are not unique, they suggest the need to reconsider strategies by which the affective and professional socialization goals of undergraduate nursing education can be achieved.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)38-48
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Professional Nursing
Volume19
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2003

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Keywords

  • Caring
  • Nursing education
  • Professional socialization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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