Can Grit Be Nurtured in Undergraduate Nursing Students?

Ellen M. McCabe

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Grit, a positive psychological trait, is a character trait of great benefit to the practice of nursing. Nurses who exemplify a combination of excellence, determination, and compassion in their practice are often described as having grit. This article discusses the five major traits of grit and the development and nurturing of these traits in both nursing students and novice nurses. The topic of the development of grit is relevant to school nurses who find themselves in mentor roles with nursing students and with nurses new to school nursing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)144-146
Number of pages3
JournalNASN school nurse (Print)
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2016


  • grit
  • nursing educators
  • nursing students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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