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Katherine Moran


Background/Significance: Psychological distress in undergraduate college students is a significant concern in the U.S. Many stressors, such as academics and finances, are associated with high levels of reported stress, depression and anxiety. Nursing students face additional stressors, such as meeting program requirements, practicing in clinical environments and preparing for their licensure exam.

Purpose: The purpose of this review is to describe psychological distress levels in baccalaureate nursing students compared to general undergraduate students and what interventions help relieve student distress.

Methods: A literature review was conducted using CINAHL and PubMed databases.

Findings: While general undergraduate college students report high psychological distress levels, higher levels have been identified in nursing students. Thus, interventions such as mindfulness techniques, physical activity, and group therapy should be promoted by educators to produce successful nurses.

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