The Experiences of Building Resilience Among Nursing Undergraduates in Macao: A Qualitative Study


Nursing students face many pressures during the undergraduate study. Resilience building is recognized as a valuable coping strategy for nursing students to effectively manage stress in their studies and daily lives. The aims are to understand how nursing students perceive and experience the struggles or stresses during their undergraduate studies and to identify factors that help them build resilience. A qualitative design utilizing one-to-one interview was adopted. A judgment sampling method was employed to select interviewees. Fourteen year-2 to year-4 undergraduate nursing students from one of public universities in Macao participated in the study. Data was collected from March to April 2022. The thematic analysis method was used to perform the data analysis and identify emergent themes. Students reported that the main stressors they encountered during the undergraduate stage were academic performance and relationships. Three themes emerged from the data analysis: (1) challenges from academics; (2) challenges from relationships with others; (3) building resilience over time. Seven sub-themes were identified: unsatisfactory academic performance, language inefficiency issue, uncertainty, loneliness as a freshman, exclusion, external support, and positive coping strategies. Macao nursing students experienced various stresses during the undergraduate stage; besides academic performance, relationship with others was the second top stressor. Though the students can gradually build resilience, it is necessary to offer the special training to undergraduate nursing students for positive coping and resilience-building strategies.

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Xin Wang, Macao Polytechnic University, Macao SAR
Ming Liu, Macao Polytechnic University, Macao SAR

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Conference: ECE2023
Stream: Mind

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Wang X., & Liu M. (2023) The Experiences of Building Resilience Among Nursing Undergraduates in Macao: A Qualitative Study ISSN: 2188-1162 The European Conference on Education 2023: Official Conference Proceedings
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