Factors affecting the academic performance of third year nursing students of the Laguna College
The nursing education is an exciting, challenging adventure that will demand much of nursing students in terms of time and energy. Nursing is a profession that requires alleviating the pain and promoting the health of others. And the primary aim of nursing is the goodness of others; it is a value laden profession. This specific nature of nursing requires nurses to do what is right during their practice.
A nursing student encounters complex situations and conflicts which can not be resolved only through theoretical knowledge and skills. Moreover, the nursing students are seeking professional knowledge as they go on through series of studies and practice.
Such situations may involve moral components that require the skills of ethical decision making for nurses. Yet, learning the skills of ethical decision making can not be enough to resolve ethical problems due to many factors including the complex nature of a given problem. Pursuing the professionalism in the medicine industry gives a lot of stress in the part of the students especially when they are entering the world of the real nursing duty.
Factors Affecting the Academics of the Students
One study identified the various problems of the nursing students and pointing out that the main cause of these problems is a big amount of stress during their life a student. Nursing students, actually in a broad sense, all of the students’ faces some series of challenges and stressors. But more likely, the nursing students are the one who are in the center of experiencing stress. The stress maybe came from their friends, professors, colleagues, family or relatives, and even relationships and competition.
Everyday, students doesn’t only needs a brain to do a workload and be happy to grab it fast but they also founding certain emotions in dealing with the other people and not always facing the thick pages of a book. Nursing students experience stress severe enough to induce mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. The source of the stress in nursing students is related in their learning experience and the programs that they enrolled into.
The learning experience is a series of planned activities in the community that would prepare students technically and professionally should they decide to pursue higher education in the health profession. Another factor is the time allocated in the nursing college’s classroom and laboratory. Students also advised, or rather required by the professors to present some research based procedures and clinical conferences.
The continuous activities making the students accumulated the burnout behaviors which are characterized by reduction in their performance. And just like the domino effect, everything else follows. The students are destined to feel slight health failure, physical illness and emotional stress. There is also physical and psychological symptoms of stress that are present in every nursing students that suffered pressure such as irritability, inability to concentrate, insomnia, depression, muscular tension and aches, palpitations, lack of appetite and others. But actually, not all the case of a nursing student finds a negative response on the stress factor. There is the existence of the arousal that at some point increases and improves the performance.
The worst case scenario in the life of being a nursing student is facing the reality in a bad phase. There were even instances of suicidal attempts, drop- outs to subjects, absenteeism, misconduct behaviors, and failure to finish the course due to stress situations that exceeds their capacity to overcome it. These outcomes should be taken in a serious face and the nursing students need to break out in their problems through advising approaches.
The ethical sensitivity of every nursing practice requires additional knowledge on human and patient rights, codes of ethics and development for critical thinking. Ethical problems at clinical practice are often reported as maltreatment in the part of the patients and other psychological distress. These are some issues such as violation of privacy and discrimination are the things that the nursing colleges are avoiding and such making the nursing students placed a pressure above their shoulders.
And after the years of spending the time and financing so much in the school nursing college department, the stressors and the stress will be moved away and can manifest in the future career of the nursing graduates.
The early development of the concern among the nursing students should not perish in their minds to defeat the stress that they are facing. A nursing student who is specifically in a third year of education faces a trouble that maybe foreign to their mind and new to their knowledge. But the serious case that arises in some observation is that, the focus they have in the first years of their study is not that intense. Therefore, the students must make their way to create a new passage to accelerate in their subject matter.
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