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Professional Identity in Nursing

The Role of Efficacy in Navigating the Work Environment
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      A well-established professional identity in nursing (PIN) is considered essential to maximize the health and well-being of the nurse, as well as those for whom they provide care. Professional identity promotes effective decision-making, open communication, and collaborative teamwork leading to job satisfaction, retention, and most importantly safe, high-quality care in a healthy work environment. Given the reciprocality of PIN and the work environment, strategies to increase PIN through strengthening both self (nurse) and collective (team/profession) efficacy of nurses can further improve both the work environment and nurse professional identity at the individual and profession levels.
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      Teresa-Lynn (Terri) Hinkley, EdD, MBA, BScN, RN, CAE, is the Chief Executive Officer at the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses in Sewell, New Jersey. She can be reached at [email protected]


      Lynne Kuhl, MSN, BA, RN, is an Assistant Professor of Nursing, now retired, at Viterbo University School of Nursing in La Crosse, Wisconsin.


      Debra Liebig, MLA, BSN, RN, NPD-BC, is the Director, Accreditation and Regulatory Readiness at Children’s Mercy Hospital Kansas City in Kansas City, Missouri.