Design: A descriptive-correlational design was used. An intervention using a self-paced spiritual success journal based on the protective factors was offered to students to increase resilience.
Setting: The setting for this project was a Baccalaureate Nursing Program in a Catholic University located in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States of America.
Methods: The Wagnild & Young Resilience Scale (RS 14) was used to survey nursing students in their first clinical course. A convenience sample of 50 sophomore nursing students was surveyed to evaluate resilience. The resilience score was then used to investigate if a relationship existed between resilience scores, midterm deficiencies, and final grades. A self-paced spiritual success journal was also created using the concepts of resilience and offered to the students as a means to increase resilience. Students who used the journal were interviewed about the journal and whether or not they felt that it had helped them with their resiliency.
Results/Outcomes: Research Question #1: Is there a relationship between resiliency and student success? Using the statistical program SPSS 23, the Pearson Correlation revealed positive correlations (p>.01) between resilience scores, midterm deficiencies, and final grades in sophomore nursing courses. Research Question #2: Does employing a self-paced spiritual success journal improve resilience and student success? Thirty students volunteered to complete the journal. Eleven completed portions of the journal. Of those eleven students, responses to the journal were consistently positive.
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