Identification of the components for investigation of the psychological strength of nursing applicants: A qualitative study

Farzaneh Bagheriyeh*, Akram Ghahramanian, Leila Valizadeh, Vahid Zamanzadeh, Geoffrey Dickens

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Abstract

Aim

There is a lack of clarity about the components which would signify appropriate psychological strengths among nursing student candidates. This study was conducted to identify such components from the viewpoint of the clinical nurses and nursing instructors.

Design

A qualitative study.

Methods

This study comprised qualitative research using a conventional content analysis approach. Participants were 25 nurses and nursing instructors. Data were collected in audio-recorded and transcribed semi-structured interviews and were analysed using MAXQDA10 software.

Results

Analysis revealed four main categories including "anger management," "Stress/distress management," "self-belief" and "aptitude for hard work."

Conclusions

This study identified core components for future investigations into the psychological strengths of nursing applicants. This study provides specific testable hypotheses for future research endeavours. It is recommended that the researchers investigate the appropriateness of the components identified in this study to assess the psychological strength of the applicants in the longitudinal studies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2618-2626
Number of pages9
JournalNursing Open
Volume9
Issue number6
Early online date14 Jun 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2022

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