Aim: The purpose of this study was to identify relationships between resilience protective factors (RPFs) and moral distress among baccalaureate nursing students.
Background: Students report moral distress associated with clinical practicum experiences. Enhancing resilience may minimize moral distress and associated consequences.
Method: Correlation, pilot study. Two previously tested instruments were used to measure moral distress (Moral Distress Thermometer) and RPFs (Scale of Protective Factors).
Results: Aggregate mean more distress rating was 3.67. Two of four RPF subcategories demonstrated a significant inverse correlation with moral distress rating. Inverse correlations were found between social support and moral distress (r = -.27, p < .05), and between goal efficacy and moral distress (r = -.37, p < .01). Total resilience scores also demonstrated a weak inverse correlation with moral distress (r = -.24, p < .05).
Conclusions: Findings help educators prioritize resilience enhancing educational strategies.
Humans--Psychology; Psychology--Research--Moral and ethical aspects; Stress (Psychology); Nursing students--Psychology; Nursing
Citation: Pilot Scholars Version (Modified MLA Style)
Krautscheid, Lorretta C.; Mood, Laura; McLennon, Susan M.; Mossman, Taylor C.; Wagner, Marie; and Wode, Jessica, "Examining relationships between resilience protective factors and moral distress among student nurses" (2019). Nursing Faculty Publications and Presentations. 36.