Date Approved


Graduate Degree Type


Degree Name

Nursing (M.S.N.)

Degree Program

College of Nursing

First Advisor

Kay Setter-Kline

Second Advisor

Lucille Grimm

Third Advisor

Theresa Bacon-Baguley


The purpose of this descriptive, correlational study was to add support to the literature that there is a relationship between the perceived stress (Student Stress Inventory) that nursing students report and their practice of health-promoting behaviors (Health Promoting Lifestyle Inventory). A convenience sample of 36 first-year associate degree nursing students was obtained. The conceptual framework used was Pender's Health Promotion Model. No relationships were found between demographic variables and perceived stress. Results indicated that subjects reported they engaged in health-promoting behaviors more than sometimes and they perceived themselves overall as slightly stressed. A negative correlation between perceived stress and health-promoting behaviors was identified but it was not statistically significant. Analysis of the stress subscales indicated the area of highest stress was personal factors (four students rated this extremely stressful), followed by classroom and clinical. College environment was perceived as the least stressful.


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