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Feeling educationally challenged is not the same as feeling stressed: commentary on a study in nursing students
  1. Olga Lainidi,
  2. Judith Johnson
  1. School of Psychology Faculty of Medicine & Health, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK
  1. Correspondence to Ms Olga Lainidi, School of Psychology Faculty of Medicine & Health, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK; o.lainidi{at}

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Commentary on: Ji Q, Zhang L, Xu J, Ji P, Song M, Chen Y. et al. Associations of mental well-being with higher education- related stress and orientation of the academic goals among nursing students: a cross-sectional study. Int J Ment Health Nurs 2024; 00: 1–11. Available from: https: // /10.1111/in m.13313

Implications for practice and research

  • Academic orientation is important for knowledge capacity, with implications for nursing students’ mental health.

  • It is important to be clear about what questionnaires measure and interpret their findings accordingly.


Recruitment and retention of nursing staff has become a significant global challenge after the COVID-19 pandemic, with increased stress levels for both nurses and nursing students reported. Improving nursing education is one potential pathway to boost the nursing workforce, as nursing students often suffer from poor mental health and lack of sufficient preparation for the challenges of the job. In the UK, …

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  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.