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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, Peck, B, Smith, A and Nguyen, H ORCID: 0000-0003-4281-5948 2020 , '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, vol. 10 , 159–172 , doi: 10.3390/ejihpe10010014.

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Abstract

With a predicted shortfall in the worldwide nursing workforce, eorts to understandattributes that influence attrition and workforce longevity remain fundamental. Self-ecacy and thebroader construct of psychological capital have been linked to positive workplace-based attributesin 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 amongnursing students. A cross sectional design was used to address the aims of the study where all nursingstudents studying a three-year bachelor’s degree were invited to complete a questionnaire examiningtraits that might assist in the preparation for, and longevity in, a nursing career. Although theparticipating nursing students demonstrated high levels of general self-ecacy, their reported levelsof nursing-specific self-ecacy were significantly lower. Psychological capital measures indicatedthat students had high levels of belief, hope, and resilience concerning their capacity to commit toand achieve goals, succeed now and into the future, and overcome obstacles. The findings suggestan opportunity exists for education providers to nurture the malleable aspects of self-ecacy andpsychological capital, while developing greater capacity to bounce back and overcome the challengesthat nursing students may encounter in their undergraduate academic training, and to reduce attritionas they prepare to enter the workplace.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Terry, D and Peck, B and Smith, A and Nguyen, H
Keywords: nurses, nursing, student, psychological capital, self-efficacy, training, experience, workforce
Journal or Publication Title: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
Publisher: Universidad de Almeria
ISSN: 2174-8144
DOI / ID Number: 10.3390/ejihpe10010014
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Copyright 2019 The Author(s)Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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