Baccalaureate students enrolled in 6 accelerated programs reported their stress level, sources of stress, and coping strategies. They differentiated helpful from unhelpful coping strategies. Findings indicate that accelerated nursing students experienced high stress levels over prolonged periods that exceeded stress levels in prior life events. Implications for nurse educators in accelerated nursing programs are explored.
Authors' Affiliations: Distinguished Professor and Assistant Undergraduate Department Head for Accelerated Program (Dr Hegge), College of Nursing, South Dakota State University, Brookings; Instructor (Sr. Larson), Department of Nursing, Presentation College, Aberdeen, South Dakota.
Corresponding Author: Dr Hegge, SDSU Accelerated Nursing Program, 2300 Career Avenue, Suite 260, Sioux Falls, SD 57107 (Margaret.Hegge@sdstate.edu).