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The Link Between Safety, Quality, and Professional Identity

What Leaders Need to Know and Do
Published:January 11, 2023DOI:
      The formation of nurses’ professional identity (PIN) has not been deliberately executed within the profession. However, evidence shows that a well-formed PIN supports growth in the individual and can improve the work environment resulting in safer, quality patient care, as well as increased job satisfaction and retention. As leaders, it is imperative that the formation of PIN is not only encouraged, but sought after, expected, and rewarded. Study results from over 700 practicing nurses link the effect of PIN on patient and nurse wellbeing. Nurse leaders have power to create environments that support PINe flourishment.
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      Beth Cusatis Phillips, PhD, RN, CNE, CHSE, is the Strategic Nursing Advisor with ATI and Ascend Learning, Hillsborough, NC. She can be reached at [email protected]; Kristen Priddy, PhD, RN, is a member of the Advisory Council for the International Society for Professional Identity in Nursing, Hurst, TX.