Using Grit to Predict Successful Completion of Nurse Anesthesia Programs

Using Grit to Predict Successful Completion of Nurse Anesthesia Programs

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Name: Mikelle Adamczyk

Rank: MAJ

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Year: 2016

Abstract

Using Grit to Predict Successful Completion of Nurse Anesthesia Programs
Mikelle J. Adamczyk, DNP CRNA MAJ/AN

OVERVIEW: Nurse Anesthesia applicants appear very similar in cognitive-based qualification; however, once admitted, performance varies in both the academic and clinical setting which is evident by attrition rates of 9-43%.
PURPOSE OF PROJECT: Screening for attributes that will lead to successful completion of nurse anesthesia programs is challenging due to the homogeneity of the applicant pool. In an effort to improve the applicant screening process, the presence of grit, which has been demonstrated to predict success in other domains, may assist in identifying applicants who will successfully complete nurse anesthesia programs.
METHODOLOGY: Student registered nurse anesthetists (SRNAs) and certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) from the same Midwest state completed the Grit-S questionnaire along with a brief demographic section through an online survey. The level of grit (1=not gritty and 5=very gritty) was measured for each participant.
RESULTS: High levels of grit were demonstrated (SRNA M=3.86, SD 0.59; CRNA M=3.93, SD 0.52). To identify variation in grit scores among the categories of anesthesia providers, a one-way between-groups analysis of variance was conducted. There was a statistically significant difference at the p < .05 level in grit scores for the groups: F (2) = 3.807 p = .023.
IMPLICATIONS FOR MILITARY NURSING AND FUTURE RESEACH: Adding the Grit-S questionnaire to the admission process has the potential to decrease attrition either form withdraw or dismissal and increase successful completion of nurse anesthesia education programs. Performing a longitudinal study over the course of a nurse anesthesia program may validate that the Grit-S can predicts successful completion.
KEYWORDS: graduate nursing education, academic progression, non-cognitive behaviors, grit