Resilience Is An Essential Quality

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INTRODUCTION
Nursing students experience enormous stress to meet the professional demands [1]. Considerably, resilience is an essential quality that equips them to meet this demand [2]. According to the American Psychological Association [2014], resilience can be defined as, “the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or even significant sources of stress.” It was reported in nursing students that they experience moderate to high level of perceived stress and this is negatively associated with resilience [3]. Moreover, resilience plays an important role in the retention of students in the academic program [4], and has a positive correlation with their academic success [5]. This helps them to cope effectively with adversities in a clinical setting [6]. However, resilience is considered as an innate personal resource [7], this is dynamic in nature [8]. Thus growing body of literature recognizes the importance of resilience in nursing profession [9].
It is also worth noting a significant positive correlation between resilience and mindfulness [10]. Mindfulness is being aware of the present moment to one’s own experiences [11]. Being mindful helps to cope with stressors [12], and resilience is considered as a measure of stress coping ability. Thus, both resilience and mindfulness play an important role in combating stress. Consequently, stress causes detrimental effects and many studies have reported stress factor increases the risk of…
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