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Occupational self-efficacy and psychological capital amongst nursing students: a cross sectional study understanding the malleable attributes for success

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Terry, D and Peck, B and Smith, A and Nguyen, H, Occupational self-efficacy and psychological capital amongst nursing students: a cross sectional study understanding the malleable attributes for success, European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education, 10 pp. 159-172. ISSN 2174-8144 (2020) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.3390/ejihpe10010014

Abstract

With a predicted shortfall in the worldwide nursing workforce, e orts to understand attributes that influence attrition and workforce longevity remain fundamental. Self-ecacy and the broader construct of psychological capital have been linked to positive workplace-based attributes in occupations. The aim of the study was to examine the relationship between general self-ecacy, occupational (nursing) self-ecacy, and psychological capital and their predictive factors among nursing students. A cross sectional design was used to address the aims of the study where all nursing students studying a three-year bachelorís degree were invited to complete a questionnaire examining traits that might assist in the preparation for, and longevity in, a nursing career. Although the participating nursing students demonstrated high levels of general self-ecacy, their reported levels of nursing-specific self-ecacy were significantly lower. Psychological capital measures indicated that students had high levels of belief, hope, and resilience concerning their capacity to commit to and achieve goals, succeed now and into the future, and overcome obstacles. The findings suggest an opportunity exists for education providers to nurture the malleable aspects of self-ecacy and psychological capital, while developing greater capacity to bounce back and overcome the challenges that nursing students may encounter in their undergraduate academic training, and to reduce attrition as they prepare to enter the workplace.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:nurses, nursing, student, psychological capital, self-efficacy, training, experience, workforce
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Nursing not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Nguyen, H (Dr Hoang Nguyen)
ID Code:135546
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre
Deposited On:2019-10-31
Last Modified:2021-06-07
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