Relationship between exams and anxiety in nursing students Conference Paper uri icon


  • Nursing students and all students in higher education are confronted by situations with psychological pressure and anxiety. The realization of a exam can be considered anxiogenic and/or stressful, to which react with anxiety, maximizing often feelings of insecurity. So, we intend to identify with the anxiety level of nursing students before and after an exam. It is a descriptive and cross-sectional study of quantitative nature in a class of 47 students of 2nd year nursing course in 2013. The data collection instrument used was constituted by the Hamilton Anxiety Scale (HAS-Hamilton Anxiety Scale) with association of sociodemographic items and characterization. The sample consisted of 47 nursing students, mostly female (79%), aged between 18 and 36 years, the vast majority does not mention health problems, exercise hard, does not smoke tobacco and sleep well. Different levels of anxiety were found in relation to gender variable, health problems, life styles and between the two evaluation moments. The research results reveal the existence of high levels of anxiety among nursing students.

publication date

  • January 1, 2014