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A Survey of Nurse Leaders to Explore the Relationship Between Grit and Measures of Success and Well-being

Seguin, Claire, DNP, RN, NEA-BC

JONA: The Journal of Nursing Administration: March 2019 - Volume 49 - Issue 3 - p 125–131
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0000000000000725

OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to explore how a personality quality termed grit impacts the well-being and success of nurses who serve in positions of healthcare leadership.

BACKGROUND As the responsibilities of nurse leaders become increasingly complex, there is concern that job satisfaction is becoming more difficult, and burnout and attrition more common. Grit, perseverance, and passion for long-term goals are associated with reduced burnout and predictable success in other industries, but less is known about its impact on nurse leaders.

METHODS Surveys measuring grit and well-being were completed by nurses who identified as leaders.

RESULTS Grit was significantly related to an increased sense of personal accomplishment, increased longevity in leadership roles, and reduced burnout.

CONCLUSIONS Grit contributes to longevity and associates with both higher educational attainment and lower scores for burnout among a large group of nurse leaders surveyed across the United States.

Author Affiliation: Associate Chief Quality Officer, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston.

The author declares no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Seguin, Massachusetts General Hospital, 55 Fruit St, Boston, MA 02114 (

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