University Of Tasmania
Terry_Peck_Smith_Nguyen 2019.pdf (429.71 kB)
Download file

Occupational self-efficacy and psychological capital amongst nursing students: a cross sectional study understanding the malleable attributes for success

Download (429.71 kB)
journal contribution
posted on 2023-05-20, 07:55 authored by Terry, D, Peck, B, Smith, A, Hoang NguyenHoang Nguyen
With a predicted shortfall in the worldwide nursing workforce, efforts to understand attributes that influence attrition and workforce longevity remain fundamental. Self-efficacy and the broader construct of psychological capital have been linked to positive workplace-based attributes in occupations. The aim of the study was to examine the relationship between general self-efficacy, occupational (nursing) self-efficacy, and psychological capital and their predictive factors among nursing students. A cross sectional design was used to address the aims of the study where all nursing students studying a three-year bachelor's degree were invited to complete a questionnaire examining traits that might assist in the preparation for, and longevity in, a nursing career. Although the participating nursing students demonstrated high levels of general self-efficacy, their reported levels of nursing-specific self-efficacy were significantly lower. Psychological capital measures indicated that students had high levels of belief, hope, and resilience concerning their capacity to commit to and achieve goals, succeed now and into the future, and overcome obstacles. The findings suggest an opportunity exists for education providers to nurture the malleable aspects of self-efficacy and psychological capital, while developing greater capacity to bounce back and overcome the challenges that nursing students may encounter in their undergraduate academic training, and to reduce attrition as they prepare to enter the workplace.


Publication title

European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education








Wicking Dementia Research Education Centre


Universidad de Almeria

Place of publication


Rights statement

Copyright 2019 The Author(s) Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

Repository Status

  • Open

Socio-economic Objectives

Learner and learning not elsewhere classified