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Work Engagement:

Passion–Role Clarity Connection in a Turbulent Time
Published:February 10, 2021DOI:
      Health care team members are practicing under intense physical, emotional, relational, and social pressure during the Covid-19 pandemic. This pressure impacts their physical and mental well-being, and gives rise to questioning, positively and negatively, their “reason d’être” and level of work engagement. In this unprecedented time, the practice world has been uprooted, creating serious implications for nurse leaders who work diligently to develop and sustain an engaged nursing workforce. Learning why nurses stay engaged despite adverse and difficult circumstances could generate new workforce development strategies. This article explains how linking passion to professional role clarity could deepen our understanding of nurse work engagement.
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      Maria W. O’Rourke, PhD, RN, FAAN, is President and CEO at Maria W. O’Rourke & Associates, LLC, in Larkspur, California. She can be reached at [email protected]