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Abstract | Keeping Passion Alive: Building Grit Through Professional Development



No one in health care will disagree the last two years have been some of the most challenging of their careers. If the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us anything, it is the need for nurses and health care organizations to have grit. Lee and Duckworth define grit as a personality characteristic with two components: passion and perseverance (2018). In their view, the passion manifests as a consistency of interest over time and commitment to long-term goals, while perseverance shows as being steadfast and dedicated to working towards goals over time. Grit as a characteristic is often more predictive of success than educational attainment or innate intelligence; it is the ability to see where you want to go, create a plan and enact your plan. Grit implies a toughness of mind and character.

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