Date of Paper/Work


Type of Paper/Work

Doctor of Nursing Practice Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice



First Advisor

Graduate program faculty


Doctor of Nursing Practice


The clinical practicum experience is fundamental to nursing education. It’s within these learning environments that students have the opportunity to apply their classroom knowledge and skills obtained in lab with patients, families and the interdisciplinary team while enhancing their clinical judgement. The clinical environment is much anticipated by students, but feelings of stress, anxiety and intimidation are common. These feelings of stress, anxiety, and intimidation inhibit their learning and lead to higher attrition rates (Turner, McCarthy, 2015). The main purpose of this paper is to identify specific causes of stress and anxiety faced by undergraduate nursing students and to couple this information with the realities that exist today in education and health care to provide a superior clinical learning experience for future nursing students.