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A correlation pilot study was conducted to examine relationships between resilience protective factors and moral distress associated with clinical practica in nursing students. Aggregate moral distress rating was x = 3.67. Two of four resilience protective factor subcategories demonstrated significant inverse correlations 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). The findings should help educators prioritize resilience-enhancing educational strategies.


Originally published as Examining Relationships Between Resilience Protective Factors and Moral Distress Among Nursing Students, by Krautscheid, Lorretta; Mood, Laura; McLennon, Susan M.; Mossman, Taylor C.; Wagner, Marie; Wode, Jessica, in Nursing Education Perspectives: 1/2 2020 - Volume 41 - Issue 1 - p 43-45 doi: 10.1097/01.NEP.0000000000000471.