Changes in grit and psychological capital at the time of major crisis: nursing students’ perseverance, resources, and resilience

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Terry, Daniel, Peck, Blake and Biangone, Marianne. 2023. "Changes in grit and psychological capital at the time of major crisis: nursing students’ perseverance, resources, and resilience ." International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship. 20 (1). https://doi.org/10.1515/ijnes-2022-0114
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Changes in grit and psychological capital at the time of major crisis: nursing students’ perseverance, resources, and resilience

ERA Journal ID14086
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsTerry, Daniel, Peck, Blake and Biangone, Marianne
Journal TitleInternational Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship
Journal Citation20 (1)
YearJan 2023
PublisherWalter de Gruyter
Place of PublicationGermany
ISSN1548-923X
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1515/ijnes-2022-0114
Web Address (URL)https://www.degruyter.com/document/doi/10.1515/ijnes-2022-0114/html
Abstract

Objectives
To examine changes in grit and psychological capital among nursing students prior to, during the height of the pandemic, and more than 12 months after the initial pandemic announcement.

Methods
A cross-sectional study design addressed the aim of the study. Nursing students undertaking a three-year baccalaureate degree between 2019 and 2021 were included.

Results
Mean grit levels among the n=818 unique student participants were significantly lower in 2020 than in 2019 and 2021; however, no significant difference was detected for psychological capital over the same period.

Conclusions
Although normative day-to-day challenges may aid grit development, a major event has a negative impact yet has a buffering effect of negative life events at the time of a crisis. The study further placates that psychological capital remains malleable and open to change at the time of a crisis and may be an essential mechanism to mediate grit and has the capacity to influence student performance over time. It remains essential to develop grit through the mediating elements of psychological capital to enable nursing student to undertake academic studies, particularly in the event of major challenges, such approaches may further enable students’ endurance to withstand major crises as they enter the workforce.

KeywordsCRISIS; grit; nursing student; psychological capital; student
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020420599. Nursing not elsewhere classified
399999. Other education not elsewhere classified
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Byline AffiliationsSchool of Nursing and Midwifery
Federation University
University of California, United States
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