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What Happens to One’s Professional Identity in Nursing?
Published:January 05, 2023DOI:
      In this study, we explored nurse leaders’ experiences regarding how their sense of professional identity changed—and how it stayed the same—when moving from the direct care role to leading others. Four themes emerged: (1) One’s Sense of Professional Identity Is Foundational; (2) Professional Identity and Functional Role Work in Tandem; (3) Leading Expands One’s View; (4) We Must Build Bridges. Participants’ responses revealed that one’s professional identity is both dynamic and foundational and endures as an important component of one’s professional nursing life.
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      Nelda Godfrey, PhD, ACNS-BC, RN, FAAN, ANEF, Associate Dean and Professor, University of Kansas School of Nursing, Kansas City, Kansas, Missouri. She can be reached at [email protected] Claire Poague, MHSA, MSN, RN, CPPS, is a Quality Outcomes Coordinator II for the University of Kansas Cancer Center in Westwood, Kansas. Christina Phillips, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Kansas School of Nursing, Kansas City, Kansas. She can be reached at [email protected]