Yamilet Diaz BSN RN
University of Miami
Concept Analysis: Stress
In today’s society, we often use the term stress to explain how situations cause us to feel tension or worry. If you were to ask a group of people to describe stress, they may each have a different interpretation of the word. The reason for this is that stress is very subjective, which causes individuals to deal with stress very differently. Stress can cause or impact the course of many medical conditions as well as psychological illnesses including anxiety and depression. Considering the potential effects of stress, nurses could benefit from further understanding the concept of stress in order to aid in their patients’ health. My goal for this concept analysis is to apply the framework defined by Walker and Avant (2011), to perform a literature review and explain the concept of stress.
Determine the aims of the Analysis The purpose of this concept analysis paper is to examine the current definitions and uses of the word stress, and enhance the understanding of the concept with the expectation of finding a working definition that can be put into practical use. The concept analysis will be completed with the use of the Walker and Avant method. This method is typically composed of 8 steps, of which only six will be included in this concept analysis: (1) selecting a concept, (2) determining the aims of the analysis, (3) identifying the uses of the concept, (4) determining the defining attributes, (5) identifying antecedents and consequences, and (6) defining empirical referents.
Identify uses of the Concept
The word stress originated in the 1300’s from the Middle English word stresse and a variation of distresse. It also has roots from the Latin word strictus which means constricting or pulling. There are several uses and definitions as it relates to word stress. One definition provided by the Merriam-Webster dictionary (2015) states that stress is “a physical,
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