Date of Last Revision

2023-05-03 12:02:01



Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2019


Anxiety, dependent upon the frequency and severity, can be a serious problem that reduces physical, cognitive, and clinical performance. Nursing students have been found to experience especially high levels of state and trait anxiety which, according to Dorothea Orem’s self-care deficit theory, causes a deficit in health promotion and the health of oneself. There is little evidence available about how progression through a baccalaureate nursing program in the United States impacts anxiety. This research investigates anxiety in baccalaureate nursing students and how progression through the program influences self-reported anxiety levels. A descriptive cross-sectional study was performed on a convenience sample at a Midwestern public university in the United States via an online survey, which included both demographic questions and the Generalized Anxiety Disorder 7-item scale (GAD-7). It was determined statistically significant that sophomore students have a higher level of anxiety compared to junior and senior year nursing students. There is also a positive correlation between GPA and GAD-7 scores. Education for sophomore nursing students focused on improved familiarity with the program is discussed as a possible solution for high anxiety levels in this cohort.

Research Sponsor

Dr. Lori Kidd

First Reader

Carrie Wissmar

Second Reader

Dr. Toni Bisconti



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